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Hye-Ji Kim

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Horticulture Room 324
625 Agriculture Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010

Our research focuses on developing sustainable horticultural crop production systems in greenhouse and other controlled environment agriculture. Our primary focus is to maximize crop productivity in soilless, hydroponics, and aquaponics production systems through reduction and optimization of resource inputs (water, nutrients, and substrates) while minimizing environmental impacts. Our research interest also lies in producing high quality crops by sustainable approaches. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our lab.

Area of Expertise: Sustainable Horticultural Crop Production; Plant Physiology


Hye-Ji Kim is an assistant professor of sustainable horticultural systems in the Purdue University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. She earned a bachelor's degree in horticultural science from Korea University in South Korea, a master's degree in biological sciences from Shizuoka University in Japan, and a doctorate in horticulture from Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to Purdue, she was a research associate at Cornell University and assistant professor of sustainable ornamental crop production at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research focuses on the understanding of the internal and external controls of plant growth and development to improve the performance of horticultural crops in multiple production systems.

Research Interests:

The establishment of sustainable horticultural production systems through reduced water, nutrient and chemical inputs, and reduced water/nutrient runoff while maximizing crop productivity; resource recovery from wastewaters; root zone environment control to enhance root architecture and increase stress tolerance of crops; alternative horticultural cropping systems for sustainable crop production; off-season crop production through cultivar selection or cultural practices; and new crop development.

Courses taught:

HORT 201 Plant Propagation (Spring 2015/2016/2017/2018)

HORT 491 Greenhouse Production Practices/Hydroponic Crop Production/Hydroponics & Aquaponics Systems (2015 to present)

HORT 551 Plant Responses to the Environment (Fall 2016/2017)

Awards & Honors

(2017) HLA Department Nominee, The Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award, College of Agriculture. Purdue University.

(2016) HLA Department Nominee, The Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award, College of Agriculture. Purdue University.

(2016) Bravo Award “Moving the University Forward”. Purdue University.

(2014) 2014 URC Faculty Travel Fund. University Research Council. University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Selected Publications

Quagrainie, K., Flores, R. M., & Kim, H. (2018). Economic analysis of aquaponics and hydroponics production in the U.S. Midwest. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 30(1), 1-14. Retrieved from 625 Agriculture Mall Drive

Wongkiew, S., Popp, B. N., Kim, H., & Khanal, S. (2017). Fate of nitrogen in floating-raft aquaponic systems using natural abundance nitrogen isotope. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 125, 24-32. Retrieved from 625 Agriculture Mall Drive

Kim, H. J., & Li, X. X. (2016). Effects of phosphorus on shoot and root growth, partitioning and phosphorus utilization efficiency in lantana. Hortscience, 51(8), 1001-1009.

Lichty, J., Singleton, P., & Kim, H. J. (2015). Substrates affect irrigation frequency and plant growth of potted orchids. Acta Horticulturae, 1104, 463-468.

Yang, H. F., Kim, H. J., Chen, H. B., Rahman, J., Lu, X. Y., & Xhou, B. Y. (2014). Carbohydrate accumulation and flowering-related gene expression levels at different developmental stages of terminal shoots in in Litchi chinensis. HortScience, 49, 1381-1391.

Lu, X., Kim, H., Chen, H., Hu, X., & Zhou, B. (2014). De novo transcriptomic assembly for leaves in Litchi chinensis Sonn. and identification of differentially expressed genes in response to ROS. BioMed Central Genomics, (15), 805-819.

Liu, W., Kim, H., Chen, H., Lu, X., & Zhou, B. (2013). Identification of MV-generated ROS Responsive EST Clones in Floral Buds of Litchi chinensis Sonn. Plant Cell Reports, 32, 1361-1372.

Gao, X., Wu, M., Xu, R., Wang, X., Pan, R., Kim, H., & Liao, H. (2014). Root Interactions in a Maize/Soybean Intercropping System Control Soybean Soil-Borne Disease. Red Crown Rot. PLoS One, 10.1371.

Kim, H., Singleton, P., Lichty, J., & Kawabata, A. (2014). Water requirements of tropical ornamental crops. Acta Horticulturae, 1037, 425-432.

Kim, H., Lynch, J., & Brown, K. (2008). Ethylene insensitivity impedes a subset of responses to phosphorus deficiency in tomato and petunia. Plant, Cell and Environment, 31, 1744-1755.

Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010 USA, (765) 494-1300

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