David Francis, Ph.D.
Horticulture and Crop Science
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Foods for Health
Areas of Expertise: Not listed
I have a specific interest in genetic resources to test the human nutrition and disease prevention effects of plant secondary metabolites in food. My research uses tomato as a model system and leverages emerging genome sequence data and naturally occurring variation to develop varieties with a range of carotenoid and flavanoid pigments in fruit. As chair of the USDA's Crop Germplasm Committee (CGC) for tomato I bring national leadership in crop genetic resources to the center. The breadth and depth of the center's team will allow my research to address fundamental questions regarding diet and health.
The Food Innovation Center congratulates members David Francis and Kichoon Lee on their recent award wins at OARDC's 2012 Annual Research Conference. Read more