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New Faculty: Dr. Ioannis Minas

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Dr. Ioannis Minas was appointed in the fall of 2015 to the post of Assistant Professor of Pomology at Colorado State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at the Western Colorado Research Center at Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction, CO. Pomology, a Latin word meaning the study of fruit, is the applied life science of fruit cultivation and production. Pomology is usually confined to the cultivation of perennial temperate, subtropical and tropical fruit trees.

Dr. Minas received his doctorate in pomology and postharvest physiology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During his doctoral studies, he was appointed a junior specialist in the Plant Sciences Department at University of California Davis. His research interests are: 1) understanding orchard and environmental factors affecting productivity, harvest and postharvest quality of peaches, sweet cherries, and apples; 2) development of novel non-destructive technologies to estimate internal fruit quality; 3) understanding the environmental and biological bases for cold hardiness and damage; and 4) evaluation of new cultivars and rootstocks.

Dr. Minas’ program includes close outreach collaboration with the tree-fruit industry in the development of sustainable strategies for managing Cytospora canker in peach orchards. He is going to be teaching the fruit production courses beginning in the fall of 2017 and has published over 15 peer reviewed research publications in pomology and postharvest physiology.

Contact Dr. Minas at (970)434-3264 or

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