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Horticulture: Personnel : Faculty

Photo of  John RuterJohn M. Ruter

Allan Armitage Professor of Horticulture

The University of Georgia
Horticulture Department
327 Hoke Smith Building
Athens, GA 30602

Campus: Athens
Phone: (706) 542-9059


Dr. Ruter currently has a 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% extension appointment. Prior to 2011, Dr. Ruter served as the Nursery Crop Research and Extension Specialist on The University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Classes taught include Environmental Issues in Horticulture and Herbaceous Plant Identification.

Research activities are focused on 1) herbaceous and woody ornamental plant breeding and selection, and 2) nursery crop production. Current research objectives for plant breeding and selection are:

  • To develop and evaluate new plants for southeastern landscapes which have unique horticultural characteristics or improved environmental tolerances.
  • Conversion and evaluation of polyploid conifers and herbaceous plants
  • Development of Camellia oleifera, Tea oil, as a new oil crop for the southeastern United States. Tea oil is a heart healthy oil for cooking that also has industrial and pharmacological uses. Click here to view summary article.
Degree Field   Institution Date Obtained
B.S. Ornamental Horticulture Calif. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo 1984
M.S. Orn. Hort. & Land. Design  University of Tennessee 1986
Ph.D. Horticultural Science  University of Florida 1989


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