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  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Christopher Watkins, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science and Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension has been recognized by ISHS, the International Society of Horticultural Science, for exceptional service to the society throughout his career.

Watkins has served as the ISHS Division Postharvest and Quality Assurance Chair since 2018, and he was previously the chair of the ISHS Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture from 2014-2018.

The society commended Watkins for his research on the storage and ripening of fruit — including both applied and fundamental aspects. They noted, "His research has enhanced the understanding of the underlying mechanisms in fruit responses to storage conditions such as temperature, atmosphere, and 1-MCP, and the interactions of those factors with the development of storage disorders."

This work is fundamental for New York state growers, especially for providing a better understanding of new cultivars.

Read the full profile in Chronica Horticulturae, available to ISHS members. Non-members can contact Magdalen Lindeberg at ml16 [at]">ml16 [at] to receive a copy of the article.

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