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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

David Knauft

Professor Emeritus

David KnauftDepartment of Horticulture
University of Georgia
111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602


Research area: Ornamental breeding


Dr. David Knauft received his B.S. degree in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from Cornell University. He conducted plant breeding research, primarily in disease resistance and oil quality of peanut, and taught at the University of Florida. He was Head of the Crop Science Department at North Carolina State University from 1993-1998. In the fall of 1998 he became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA. From 2004-2008, he led an ornamental breeding program in the Horticulture Department at UGA, and returned to administration as Associate Dean of the Graduate School in from 2008-2011. He is currently a part-time faculty member involved in the teaching program in the Horticulture Department.


Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
B.S. Botany University of Wisconsin 1973
Ph.D. Plant Breeding Cornell University 1977