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Hye-Ji Kim

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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)

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

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