Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Interview with Dr. Rick Knowles

Wisconsin will be the host of the 2006 Potato Industry Outlook Summit and Seed Seminar to be held December 7-9 in Chicago. One of the highlights of this three-day potato industry powwow will be a presentation by Dr. Rick Knowles entitled: Optimizing tuber size distribution and crop value by managing stem numbers.

Knowles is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture and
Landscape Architecture at Washington State University. Canadian by birth, Rick grew up in the U.S. and his education and academic career has spanned both countries. He has a BS in biology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and MS and PhD degrees in Horticulture from Michigan State and Washington State universities, respectively. After graduating from WSU in 1983, Rick joined the Department of Plant Science at the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor. He moved to the University
of Alberta (Edmonton) in 1986, where he taught courses in vegetable crop
production and postharvest physiology,  and maintained a research program supported by federal and provincial sources. Rick returned to WSU in 1999 to focus his research on various aspects of production and postharvest handling of potatoes.

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