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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

Gomez, C., Currey, C. J., Dickson, R. W., Kim, H., Hernandez, R., Sabeh, N. C., . . . Burnett, S. E. (2019). Controlled Environment Food Production for Urban Agriculture. doi:doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14073-19

Yang, T., & Kim, H. (2019). Nutrient management regime affects water quality, crop growth, and nitrogen use efficiency of aquaponic systems. Scientia Horticulturae. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2019.108619

Kim, H. J., Ku, K., Choi, S., & Cardarelli, M. (2019). Vegetal-derived biostimulant enhances adventitious rooting in cuttings of basil, tomato, and chrysanthemum via brassinosteroid-mediated processes. Agronomy. doi:10.3390/agronomy9020074

Kim, H. J., Lin, M., & Mitchell, C. A. (2018). Light spectral and thermal properties govern biomass allocation of tomato through morphological and physiological changes. Environmental and Experimental Botany. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.10.019

Colla, G., Kim, H. J., Kyriacous, M. C., & Rouphael., Y. (2018). Nitrate in fruits and vegetables. Scientia Horticulturae, 237, 221-238. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2018.04.016

Yang, H., Kim, H. J., Chen, H., Lu, Y., Lu, X., & Wang, C. (2018). Reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide induce senescence and the expression profiles of the related genes of rudimentary leaves in Litchi chinensis. Horticulture Research. doi:10.1038/s41438-018-0029-y

Quagrainie, K., Flores, R. M., & Kim, H. J. (2017). Economic analysis of aquaponics and hydroponics production in the U.S. Midwest. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 30(1), 1-14. doi:10.1080/10454438.2017.1414009

Wongkiew, S., Popp, B. N., Kim, H. J., & Khanal, S. (2017). Fate of nitrogen in floating-raft aquaponic systems using natural abundance nitrogen isotope. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 125, 24-32. doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2017.08.006

Kim, H. J., & Li, X. (2016). Effects of phosphorus on shoot and root growth, partitioning and phosphorus utilization efficiency in lantana. Hortscience, 51(8), 1001-1009. doi:10.21273/HORTSCI.51.8.1001

Kim, H. (2016). Opportunities and Challenges of Alternative Specialty Crops: The Global Picture. HortScience, 51(11), 1316-1319. doi:10.21273/HORTSCI10659-16

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