Strawberry Breeder Steve Knapp Honored

Professor Steve Knapp, UC Davis.
Professor Steve Knapp, UC Davis.

Steve Knapp, professor of plant sciences and director of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program, has been selected to receive the 2015 College and Unit Division Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nevada, Reno. The award will be presented to Knapp on October 22, 2015, during the Homecoming Gala at UNR, where Knapp earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Knapp, who grew up in southern Nevada, attended UNR for his undergraduate program, majoring in horticulture and plant sciences. A summer job with an alfalfa breeder there piqued his interest in plant breeding and led him to graduate school at UNR. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in agronomy and plant breeding from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

He served on the faculty at Oregon State University for 19 years and at the University of Georgia for five years. He then worked as a research director in the vegetable seed business in Woodland before he was named to head the Strawberry Breeding Program in February of this year.

Steve Knapp

(reprinted from CA&ES Currents)

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