Floyd-Woods-headshot-20190912Floyd Woods

Associate Professor Emeritus



Mississippi State University; Starkville, Mississippi, Postharvest Physiology
Cornell University; Ithaca, New York, Postharvest Physiology
Tuskegee Institute; Tuskegee, Alabama, Plant Science

professional experience

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, AL
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Auburn University, AL
Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, AL
Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Department of Agriculture, USDA/ARS, Athens, GA, Russel Research Center
USDA Horticulture Specialist, Alcorn State University, Lorman MS

honors and awards

Kargar, M., F.M. Woods, M.M. Wall, R.J. Kessler, E.G. Fonsah, K. Shetty, R. Jeganathan, and N. Larsen.
Screening underutilized banana for carotenoid content. The American Pomological Society. The Ulysses P. Hedrick Award (Second Place Winner). Student Competition.
Kargar, M.
“Physicochemical and Nutritional Properties of Selected Banana (Musa spp.) Cultivars in the Southeastern United States”. Auburn University, College of Agriculture Graduate Student Research Poster Showcase (2018), Second Place for Ph.D. Poster Competition. Auburn, AL, October
American Society for Horticultural Science the ASHS Outstanding Vegetable Publication Award authored by: Vinson, E.L., F.M. Woods, J. M. Kemble, P. Perkins-Veazie, A. Davis, and J. R. Kessler.Use of external indicators to predict maturity of mini watermelon fruit. HortScience.45:1034-1037.

professional affiliations

American Society for Horticultural Science
Southern Region, American Society for Horticultural Science

research activities

Dr. Floyd Woods is an Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty Member, and Postharvest Physiologist with 29 years of experience at Auburn University within the College of Agriculture. Dr. Woods’s research program focuses on the characterization of ripening, senescence and safety of diverse horticultural commodities and health benefitting qualities and functional properties of horticultural commodities emphasizing cultural practices that influence fruit and vegetable quality, antioxidant and nutritional content. Dr. Woods’s research interests has further expanded to include the linkage between functional properties of fruits and vegetables and in vitro dietary management strategies to reduce hyperglycemia and hypertension. This expanded focus has resulted in a request from the School of Nursing at Auburn University for Dr. Woods to become an Adjunct Associate Professor. This expanded research emphasis has facilitated new opportunities to explore Enhancement of Rural Health Promotion in Alabama.

Select Publications

  • Vinson, E.L. III, Elina D. Coneva, Joseph M. Kemble, J. Raymond Kessler, Jr., Esendugue G. Fonsah, Penelope M. Perkins-Veazie, Floyd M. Woods and Jeff L. Sibley. Reflective Mulch Application and Cover Crop Usage to Stimulate Earlier Banana Flowering. J. Am. Pomological Society. (Accepted 2019 – in print October 2020)
  • Kargar, M., F.M. Woods, M.M Wall, R.J. Kessler, E. Vinson III, E.G. Fonsah, R.B.  Jeganathan and N. Larsen. 2019. Screening Underutilized Banana for Carotenoid Content: Consumer Acceptance and Potential Health Benefits. Journal of the American Pomological Society. 73(4): 198-205.
  • Thomas-Popo, E., A. Mendonca, J. Dickson, A. Shaw, S. Coleman, A. Daraba, A. Jackson-Davis, and F. Woods. 2019. Isoeugenol significantly Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes in refrigerated tyndallized pineapple juice with added Yucca schidigera extract. Food Control. 106:106727
  • Vinson, III, E., E. D., Coneva, J.M. Kemble, F.M. Woods, J.L. Sibley, E.G. Fonsah, P.M. Perkins-Veazie, and J.R. Kessler. 2018. Prediction of flower emergence and evaluation of cropping potential in selected banana cultivars (Musa sp.) cultivated in subtropical conditions of coastal Alabama. HortScience 53:1634-1639.
  • Sarkar, D., W. Agustinah, F. Woods, E. Coneva, E. Vinson, and K. Shetty. 2017. In vitro screening and evaluation of phenolic antioxidant-linked functionalities of rabbit-eye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) cultivars. J. of Berry Research. 7(3): 163-177.
  • Vinson, III, E.L. E. D. Coneva, J.M. Kemble, F.M. Woods, J.L. Sibley, P.M. Perkins-Veazie, and E.G. Fonsah. 2017. Phenological parameter responses gauge banana fruit production potential in the coastal region of Alabama, USA. Acta Hortic. 1178:61-66.
  • Agustinah, W., D. Sarkar, F.M. Woods and K. Shetty. 2016. Apple and blueberry synergies for designing bioactive ingredients for the management of early stages of Type 2 Diabetes. J. of Food Quality. 39:370-382.
  • Sarkar, D. Orwat, T. Hurburt, F.M. Woods, J.A. Pitts, and K. Shetty. 2016. Evaluation of phenolic bioactive-linked functionality of blackberry cultivars targeting dietary management of early Stages Type-2 Diabetes using in vitro Models. Sci. Hort. 212:193-202.
  • Traore, T.M., D. Fields, F.M. Woods, A.N. Wright, K.M. Tilt. W. Ke, and Y. Liu. 2016. Prescreening consumer acceptance for edible Lotus Rhizome. HortTech 26(5): 657-662.