Hirst Named American Society of Horticultural Science Fellow
Peter Hirst, Professor of Horticulture at Purdue University, was recently named an American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) fellow during the ASHS annual national meeting in Hawaii.
Hirst has served on the faculty at Purdue University since 1997. His research focuses on the physiology, genetics, and management of fruit trees, particularly apples. In recent years, his research has concentrated on understanding and manipulating flowering initiation and on fruit development. His other areas of emphasis include the application of robotics and sensing technologies to fruit orchards and the development of predictive computer models of growth and fruiting for educational and research applications. In his position as a state Extension specialist, Hirst translates research data into strategies that growers can apply. He is a guest professor at the Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in China and has communicated research results and recommendations to scientists and growers in many countries. He also has been involved in addressing capacity building and food security in both Africa and Asia.