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Peter M Hirst

International Programs In Agriculture 

  • Assistant Director, International Programs in Agriculture
765.494.1323
765.494.9613
AGAD Room 110

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Professor of Horticulture, and Assistant Director, International Programs in Agriculture
765.494.1323
765.494.0391
Horticulture Room 317

Areas of Expertise: Pomology, plant physiology, international agriculture

Courses currently taught:

HORT 31000   Plant Physiology

Awards & Honors

(2018) Jefferson Science Fellow. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

(2017) Fellow. American Society for Horticultural Science.

(2016) Mid Career Extension Award. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists’ Association.

(2015) Multistate Research Award. ESCOP (Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy).

(2015) PUCESA Team Award. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists’ Association.

(2001) USDA Secretary's Award. USDA.

(1994) U.P. Hedrick Award. American Pomological Society.

Selected Publications

Peter M, H., & Hirst, P. M. (2010). Increase in fruit size of a spontaneous mutant of Gala apple (Malus x domestica Borkh) is facilitated by altered cell production and enhanced cell size. Hirst, Peter M, 61, 3003-3013.

Hirst, P. M. (in press). Molecular basis of flower formation in apple caused by defoliation and gibberellins. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Ao, Y., Hirst, P. M., Li, G., Miao, Y., & Zhang, R. (2018). Combined effects of provenance and slow-release fertilizer on nursery and field performance of yellowhorn seedlings. SILVA FENNICA, 52(5). doi:10.14214/sf.10034

Jahed, K., & Hirst, P. M. (2018). Pollen source effects on seed number, fruit quality and return bloom of apple. Journal of the American Pomological Society, 72(4), 212-221.

Hirst, P. M. (2017). Advances in understanding flowering and pollination in apple trees. In Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples. Cambridge, : Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

Elsysy, M. A., & Hirst, P. M. (2017). The Role of Spur Leaves, Bourse Leaves, and Fruit on Local Flower Formation in Apple: An Approach to Understanding Biennial Bearing. HortScience, 52(9), 1229-1232. doi:10.21273/HORTSCI12136-17

Jahed, K., & Hirst, P. M. (2017). Pollen Tube Growth and Fruit Set in Apple. HortScience, 52(8), 1054-1059. doi:10.21273/HORTSCI11511-16

Marshall-Colon, A., Long, S. P., Allen, D. K., Allen, G., Beard, D. A., Benes, B., . . . Zhu, X. (2017). Crops In Silico: Generating Virtual Crops Using an Integrative and Multi-scale Modeling Platform. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00786

Fišer, M., Ravi, J., Benes, B., Shi, B., & Hirst, P. M. (2017). IMapple: A source-sink developmental model for 'Golden Delicious' apple trees. 1160, 51-60. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1160.8

Chandrasekar, V., San Martin-Gonzalez, M., Hirst, P. M., & Ballard, T. S. (2015). Optimizing Microwave-Assisted Extraction of Phenolic Antioxidants from Red Delicious and Jonathan Apple Pomace. Journal of Food Process Engineering, 38(6), 571–582.

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