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Clemson University
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Jeffrey Adelberg

Professor of Horticulture
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Experiment Station

Office: 275 Poole Agricultural Center
Phone: 864-650-3011



Educational Background

Ph. D. Plant Physiology
Clemson University 1993

M. S. Horticulture
Rutgers University 1987

B. S. Plant Science
Rutgers University 1982

Courses Taught

Plant Propagation HORT 4040/6040, Spring every year
Plant Propagation Techniques Laboratory HORT 4050/4060, Spring every year
Plant Cell and Tissue Culture PES 8300, Spring every even year

Research Interests

High value plant propagation systems research addresses difficult problems across commodity disciplines. In vitro biology approaches plant development, disease resistance, mineral nutrition, propagation and germplasm conservation. Unique vessel designs, environmental control, and process integrate laboratory plants with greenhouse acclimatization and field application. Medicinal plant responses to environmental conditions with difficult to propagate species has been one specialty. One current project with microgreens includes mineral nutrition, vessel and packaging, and clean room process development.


Chu, UC, Adelberg, J, Lowe, K, Jones, TJ. 2019. Use of DoE Methodology to Optimize the Regeneration of High Quality, Single Copy Transgenic Zea mays L. (maize) Plants. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol. – Plant

Adelberg J, Naylor-Adelberg, J., and El-Hawaz RF, 2019. Optimizing a novel micropropagation system for Poacea in a single, multifactor experiment. Plant Cell Tissue and Org. Culture 138:79–88

El-Hawaz RF, Naylor-Adelberg, J., Eisenreich, R, van der Meij, J., and, Adelberg J. 2019. Subsequent effects of slow-growth strategy on Petunia micro-cutting production and greenhouse quality. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol-Plant.

El-Hawaz RF, Grace MH, Lila MA, Adelberg JW. 2018. In vitro mineral nutrition of Curcuma longa L. affects production of volatile compounds in rhizomes after transfer to the greenhouse. BMC Plant Biology. doi:1186/s12870-018-1345-y

Adelberg, J., Naylor-Adelberg, J., and Rapaka, V. 2017. Phenolic Foam Rooting Matrices Allows Faster Transfer and More Rapid Growth of Echinacea Plants in Greenhouse. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol-Plant. 53:546-562.

Caesar, L., Hayes, M. and Adelberg, J. 2016. Identification of Endogenous Bacteria in Micropropagated Helleborus x nigercors. All Res. J. Biol. 7:41-46.

El-Hawaz RF, Park, D, Bridges WC, Adelberg JW. 2016. Optimizing in vitro mineral nutrition and plant density increases greenhouse growth rate of Curcuma longa L. optimizing in vitro medium for greenhouse growth. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. DOI 10.1007/s11240-016-0974-9

El-Hawaz RF, Tharayil, N, Bridges WC, Adelberg JW. 2016. Mineral nutrition in bioreactors affects subsequent development of curcuminoids following transfer to greenhouse. Industrial Crops and Products 83:186-193.

Caesar, L., and Adelberg, J. 2015. Using a multifactor approach for improving stage II responses of Helleborus hybrids in micropropagation. Propagation of Ornamental Plants 15:125-135.

Adelberg, J., Naylor-Adelberg, J., Rapaka, V. 2015. A Novel Rooting Matrix and Vessel System Resulted in Larger plants and Faster Growth During Greenhouse Acclimatization of Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sikes Dwarf’
Propagation of Ornamental Plants 15:89-94.

El-Hawaz RF, Bridges WC, Adelberg JW. 2015. In Vitro Growth of Curcuma longa L. in Response to Five Mineral Elements and Plant Density in Fed-Batch Culture Systems. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0118912. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118912

Song, J.Y., J. Naylor-Adelberg, S.A. White, D. A. Mann, J. Adelberg. 2014. Establishing clones of Veratrum californicum, a native medicinal species, for micropropagation. In vitro Cell Dev. Biol. –Plant. 50:337-344.

Daley, S.L. J. Adelberg, J., R. L. Hassell. 2014. Transplant Survival as a Result of Size and Starch Increases Over Time Caused by Rootstock Fatty Alcohol Treatment: Part I HortTechnology 24:343-349

Miller, G.A., H.J. Farahani, R.L. Hassell, A. Khalilian, J.W. Adelberg, C.E. Wells. 2014. Field evaluation of capacitance probes for automated drip irrigation of watermelons. Agricultural Water Management 13:124-134.

Adelberg, J., T. Driesse, S. Halloran, W.C. Bridges. 2013. Relationships between nutrients and plant density in liquid media during micropropagation and acclimatization of turmeric. In vitro Cell Dev. Biol.- Plant. 49:724-736.

Miller, G.A., H.J. Farahani, R.L. Hassell, A. Khalilian, J.W. Adelberg, C.E. Wells. 2013. Grafted watermelon root length density and distribution under
different soil moisture treatments. HortScience 48:1021–1026.

Sun, Y., S. White, D. Mann, and J. Adelberg. 2013. Photosynthetic Characteristics of Veratrum californicum in Varied Greenhouse Environments
J. Medicinally Active Plants 1:134-142.

Sun, Y., S. White, D. Mann, and J. Adelberg. 2012. Chilling Requirements to Break Dormancy of Veratrum californicum. HortScience 47:1710–1713.

Parris, K., D. Touchell, T. Ranney, and J. Adelberg. 2012. Basal Salt Composition, Cytokinins, and Phenolic Binding Agents Influence In Vitro Growth and Ex Vitro Establishment of Magnolia ‘Ann’ HortScience 47:1625–1629.

Adelberg, J. and J. Naylor-Adelberg. 2012. Effects of Cytokinin on Multiplication and Rooting of Aloe barbadensis during Micropropagation on Agar and Liquid Medium. J. Medicinally Active Plants. 1:1-5.

Halloran, S, and J. Adelberg. 2011. A macronutrient optimization platform for micropropagation and acclimatization: Using turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) as a model plant. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant 47:257-273.

Adelberg, J., and M. Fari. 2010. Applied Physiology and Practical Bioreactor Designs for Micropropagation of Ornamental Plants. Propagation of Ornamental Plants 10:205-219.

Adelberg, J. 2010. Sucrose, water and nutrient use during stage II multiplication of two turmeric clones (Curcuma longa L.) in liquid medium. Scientia Horticularae 124:262-267.

Tascan, A., J. Adelberg, M. Tascan, N. Joshee and A. Yadav. 2010. Polyester Fiber Controlled Hyperhydricity of Scutellaria Species in In Vitro Liquid Culture Systems. HortScience 45:1723-1728.

Adelberg, J., M. P. Delgado, and J. P. Tomkins. 2010. Spent Medium Analysis for Liquid Culture Micropropagation of Hemerocallis on Musrashige and Skoog Medium. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant. 46:95–107.

Cousins, M., Adelberg, J., Chen, F., and Rieck, J. 2009. Secondary Metabolism Inducing Treatments During in Vitro Development of Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) Rhizomes. Journal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants 15:303-317.

Adelberg, J. 2009. RE: Use of regression analysis in plant cell, tissue and organ culture experiments. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Plant 45: 500.

Cousins, M. and J. Adelberg. 2008. Short-term and long-term Time Course Studies of Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) Microrhizome Development In Vitro. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 93:283-293.

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