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Lu Zhang


Lu Zhang, Assistant Professor; Scott Endowed Professor Pecan/Tree Physiology

Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
338 Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

Office Location: 338 Agricultural Hall
Phone: 405-744-6463
Fax: 405-744-9709


PhD: Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman, USA (2014)
MS:   Horticulture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (2010)
BS:   Horticulture, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China (2008)

Teaching Activities:

  • 25% Teaching Appointment

Research Activities:

  • 75% research appointment. Research focuses on tree nut phenology models based on chill and heat unit, the evaluation of flower qualities as a function of carbohydrate redistribution in dormant trees, and bud mist-cooling systems for commercial orchards.

Selected Publications and Talks:

Zhang L., Ferguson L. and Whiting M. 2018. Temperature Effects on Pistil Viability and Fruit Set in Sweet Cherry. Scientia Horticulturae 241: 8–17.

Zhang L., Doll D. and Ferguson L. 2018 (March). How do Warm Winter Temperatures Affects Pistachio Bloom and Fruit Set?  West Coast Nut.

Zhang L. and Ferguson L. 2016 (March). Dormancy, Flowering, Pollination and Nut Set in Pistachios. West Coast Nut.

Zhang L., Ampatzidis Y. and Whiting M. 2015. Sweet Cherry Floral Organ Size Varies with Genotype and Temperature. Scientia Horticulturae 182: 156–164.

Zhang L., 2018. Studies on Pistachio Flower Quality and Development as Influenced by Low Chill in California. Presentation at the Statewide Pistachio Day. January 17th, Visalia CA, USA. (800 attendees)