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Sarah White

Associate Professor of Horticulture
Nursery Extension Specialist
Horticulture Program Team, Water Resources Program Team, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: 167 P&A
Phone: 864-656-7433
Email: swhite4@clemson.edu
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 Educational Background

PhD Environmental Toxicology
Clemson University 2007

MS Horticultural Science
Virginia Tech 2003

BS Horticulture
Clemson University 2000

 Courses Taught

Guest lecturer:
HORT 1010: “Rain Gardens and other Water Cleansing/Conservation Technologies.”
WFB 4620/6620: “Wetland Plant Communities: Phytoremediation Tools.”
HORT 4270/6270: “Nursery Tree Production.”

NCSU HS550 online course:
Agrichemicals and the Environment
Treatment Technologies (4 lecture series)

 Profile

White and a national team of researchers from 8 other universities received $8.7 million in funding in September 2014 from USDA-Specialty Crops Research Initiative to evaluate “Clean WateR3 - Reduce, Remediate, Recycle: Informed Decision-Making to Facilitate Use of Alternative Water Resources and Promote Sustainable Specialty Crop Production.” White is Project Director for this grant.
White and a regional team of southeastern Extension specialists received funding ($39,532) from the Southern IPM Center to develop and publish "IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern U.S. Nursery Production: Vol II."

Service: Member - Phase I University Research Strategic Planning Committee. Board Member - 2-year term as a board member for Clemson Community Care (2013-2015). Consulting Editor - Nursery crops for the journal HortTechnology. Reviewer - multiple journals. Past chair: NC1186 - 'Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health' North Central Association Multistate Research Project (2012-2013), Water Utilization and Management working group - American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), and Nursery Crops working group - ASHS. Member of the Executive Committee (2015-2017) of Southern Region-ASHS and section chair of Floriculture, Ornamental and Turf Section in 2014. Member of a floating wetlands expert panel for the Chesapeake Stormwater Network - sponsored by the US EPA.

Professional Organizations:International Society for Horticultural Science, American Water Resources Association, American Ecological Engineering Society, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, American Society for Horticultural Science, and Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science.



 Research Interests

White manages and conducts research projects and conveys information related to water management, water quality (chemical and biotic parameters), ecologically-based treatment technologies, and integrated pest management to green industry stakeholders. Her lab is currently investigating the applications of vegetation-based technologies (constructed wetlands, floating treatment wetlands, and vegetated buffers) for cleansing agrichemical and pathogen contaminants from production runoff to encouraging water reuse and conservation.
White also advises graduate students, supervises undergraduate students, and serves as the Horticulture Club faculty advisor.

 Extension and Outreach

White is working with the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management (SNIPM) working group to collaboratively develop Extension resources related to nursery crops, pests, and their management. They have released 2 books (links to books in Sustainable Nursery Website and SNIPM website), 2 smart-phone applications (IPMPro, IPMLite), and multiple extension documents.

 Publications

Fulcher, A., N. Ward Gauthier, W. Klingeman, F.A. Hale, S.A. White. 2015. Blueberry culture and pest, disease, and abiotic disorder management during nursery production in the southeastern U.S.: A Review and Research Update. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 33(1):33–47.

Klingeman, WE, SA White, AV LeBude, A Fulcher, NW Gauthier, F Hale. 2014. A Review of Arthropod Pests, Plant Diseases and Abiotic Disorders and their Management on Viburnum Species in the Southeastern U.S. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 32(2):84-102.

White, SA, WE Klingeman, Eds. 2014. IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production. Clemson, SC: Southern Nursery IPM Working Group. Print ISBN: 978-0-9854998-2-2.

Park, DM, SA White, N Menchyk. 2014. Assessing Irrigation Water Quality for pH, Salts, & Alkalinity. Journal of Extension. 52(6): 6TOT8.

Nyberg, ET, SA White, SN Jeffers, WC Bridges. 2014. Removal of Zoospores of Phytophthora nicotianae from Irrigation Runoff using Slow Filtration Systems: Quantifying Physical and Biological Components. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 225:1999 11pp

Song, JY, J Naylor-Adelberg, SA White, DA Mann, J Adelberg. 2014. Establishing Clonal Micropropagation of Veratrum californicum- a Native Medicinal Species. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant. 50:337–344. DOI 10.1007/s11627-014-9603-7.

Ridge, GA, SN Jeffers, WC Bridges, Jr., SA White. 2014. In situ production of zoospores by five species of Phytophthora in aqueous environments for use as inocula. Plant Disease. 98(4): 501-508. doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-06-13-0591-RE.

White, SA and MM Cousins. 2013. Floating treatment wetland aided remediation of nitrogen and phosphorus from simulated stormwater runoff. Ecological Engineering, 61:207-215.

White, SA. 2013. Wetland Technologies for Nursery and Greenhouse Compliance with Nutrient Regulations. HortScience, 48(9): 1103-1108.

White, SA. 2013. Regulating Water Quality: Current Legislation, Future Impacts: Introduction to the Colloquium. HortScience, 48(9): 1095-1096.

Fulcher, AF, J-H Chong, SA White, J Neal, J Williams-Woodward, C Adkins, K Braman, M Chappell, J Derr, W Dunwell, S Frank, S Gill, F Hale, WE Klingeman, AV LeBude, K Rane, A Windham. 2013. Developing an App as an Extension Tool: A Case Study using IPMPro. HortTechnology, 23(4):402-406.

Fulcher, AF, SA White, J-H Chong, J Neal, J Williams-Woodward, C Adkins, K Braman, M Chappell, J Derr, W. Dunwell, S Frank, S Gill, F. Hale, WE Klingeman, AV LeBude, K Rane, A Windham. 2013. Testing, Promoting and Launching an App as an Extension Tool: A Case Study with IPMPro. HortTechnology, 23(4):407-410.

Sun, YP, SA White, D Mann, JA Adelberg. 2013. Photosynthetic Characteristics of Veratrum californicum in a Greenhouse Environment. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants, 1(4):134-142.

Frank, SD, WE Klingeman, SA White, and AF Fulcher. 2013. Biology, injury, and management of maple tree pests in nurseries and urban landscapes. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 4(1):B1-B14.

Fulcher, AF, SA White, Eds. 2012. IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production. Knoxville, TN: Southern Nursery IPM Working Group. Print ISBN: 978-0-9854998-1-5.

Sun, YP, SA White, D Mann, JA Adelberg. 2012. Chilling Requirements to Break Dormancy of Veratrum californicum. HortScience, 47(12):1710-1713.

Fulcher, AF, WE.Klingeman, J-H.Chong, AV LeBude, GR Armel, MR Chappell, SD Frank, F Hale, J Neal, SA White, J Williams-Woodward, K Ivors, CR Adkins, A Senesac, and A Windham. 2012. Stakeholder vision of future direction and strategies for southeastern U.S. nursery pest research and Extension programming. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 3(2):D1-D8(8).

White, SA, MD Taylor, DZ Damrel. 2012. Floral Colonization of a Free Water Surface Constructed Wetland System in Grady County, Georgia. Castanea. 77(2): 13-16. DOI 10.2179/11-045.

LeBude, AV, SA White, AF Fulcher, S Frank, J-H Chong, MR Chappell, A Windham, K Braman, WE Klingeman III, K Ivors, F Hale, W Dunwell, J Williams-Woodward, C Adkins, J Neal. 2012. Assessing the Integrated Pest Management Practices of Southeastern U.S. Nursery Operations. Pest Management Science. 68: 1278–1288. DOI 10.1002/ps.3295.

Glenn, JB, SA White, SJ Klaine. 2012. Interactions Of Gold Nanoparticles With Freshwater Aquatic Macrophytes Are Size And Species Dependent. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 31(1):194-201.

White, SA, MD Taylor, JP Albano, T Whitwell, SJ Klaine. 2011. Phosphorus retention in lab and field-scale subsurface-flow wetlands treating plant nursery runoff. Ecological Engineering. 37:1968-1976.

White, SA, MD Taylor, SL Chandler, SJ Klaine, T Whitwell. 2010. Remediation of nitrogen and phosphorus from nursery runoff during the spring via free water surface constructed wetlands. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 28(4):209-217.

 Links

Clean WateR3 - SCRI
Southern Nursery IPM Working Group
Constructed Wetlands: A How to Guide for Nurseries