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Name:   Irene E Palmer

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Affiliation:  North Carolina State University

Email Address:  iepalmer@ncsu.edu

Web Site Address:  https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/irene-palmer/

Research Areas of Interest:  horticultural sciences, plant breeding

Research Bio:

I am a member of the ornamental plant research group associated with Dr. Tom Ranney and the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab with North Carolina State University. I manage our Rhododendron breeding program, where we are currently focused on the development of sun-tolerant hybrids for commercial introduction. We also explore issues of ploidy, embryo rescue in Rhododendron, and disease resistance in the landscape.

I also manage our extensive Rhododendron trials and have developed information systems via Airtable to track everything from logging parental combinations, embryo rescue scheduling and extractions, transplants, populations, field trials, and patent work. 

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