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November 27, 2006   Email to Friend 

NEW EXTENSION FRUIT SPECIALIST NOW ON BOARD
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 27, 2006

Dr. Elina Coneva
AUBURN, Ala. -- Dr. Elina Coneva has joined the Auburn University faculty as an Extension fruit specialist, and assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture.

The State Horticulture Committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation had worked several years to get a fruit specialist for Alabama, said Brian Hardin, director of the Federation's Greenhouse, Nursery and Sod and Horticulture Divisions.

Coneva obtained her bachelor's degree in agricultural science and her doctorate in plant breeding from the Agrarian University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2002 she was awarded a NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship and joined the Tree Fruit Physiology program at the University of Guelph, Canada.

Also joining Auburn's faculty is Dr. Carolyn Robinson, who will be teaching landscape design as well as providing research in the areas of new plant evaluations and people-plant interactions.

Robinson received her bachelor's degree in horticulture from Auburn University, her master's in environmental horticulture from the University of Florida, and her doctorate in socio-horticulture from Texas A&M University. Most recently, she was teaching horticulture and crop sciences at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.


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