Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Gary Gao, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Extension Specialist

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(740) 289-2071 ext. 123

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Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Foods for Health, Food Security
Areas of Expertise: Improvement of fruit quality and production efficiency; extension and outreach to the commercial fruit industry

I conduct research projects and extension programs on blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, wine grapes, and other specialty crops. I maintain a close tie with the commercial fruit industry in Ohio. I can lead the extension and outreach component of research projects by developing fact sheets, bulletins, videos, and presentations. I can also conduct field research projects at OSU South Centers in Piketon and on commercial fruit farms. My research interests include sustainable fruit production, improvement of fruit quality, improvement of production efficiency, whole plant physiology, plant secondary metabolism (i.e. antioxidant production), and production of other bioactive compounds.

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