M.S. Auburn University
B.S. University of Alabama
Select Honors and Awards
American Society for Horticultural Science – National International Society for Horticultural Science
American Pomological Society
Alabama Pomegranate Association
Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
National Watermelon Association
Promusa Banana Network
Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists
National Association of County Agricultural Agents
Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Professional Organization
National Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists
Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society – Auburn University
My research centers on technologies and concepts to help producers of specialty fruit crops navigate production challenges encountered in the diverse but challenging Alabama environment. Major areas of focus are in peach and strawberry – two leading specialty crops in Alabama. Climate change is affecting the way peach crops accumulate chill, which is the necessary exposure to cool temperatures during the fall and winter for the alleviation of dormancy in the spring. We are evaluating the effectiveness of rest breaking substances to alleviate dormancy used during seasons when there is insufficient chill accumulation. This also includes exploration of relatively new concepts of measuring chill accumulation, which are more appropriate for regions like the Southeast where occurrence of wintertime warming trends are common. These warming trends have a significant effect on chill accumulation. We are also investigating developing technologies to reduce tree mortality due to Armillaria root rot (oak root rot) in peach orchards. In strawberry, my research involves collaborative efforts to enhance sustainability of strawberry production by evaluating effective herbicide application strategies and strawberry cultivars for adaptation to the climate. Other areas of study include invasive insect pest IPM, use of ‘softer’, alternative chemistries and strategies to control insect and disease pests, new, alternative crops, which have potential to be produced in Alabama, specialty crop cultivar evaluations, and pollination methods in kiwifruit and their impact on fruit quality attributes.
My Extension programming is statewide and involves communication of research-based information to the residents of Alabama. This knowledge is mostly the result of research conducted on experimental plots or on-farm locations in our state and region.
- Fig production guide. ANR 1145. Revised August 2019.
- Fruit culture in Alabama: Winter chilling requirements. ANR 0053 D. Revised December 2018.
- Balusu, R.R., T.T. Cottrell, E.J. Talamas, M.D. Toews, B.R. Blaauw, A.A. Sial, D.G. Buntin, E.L. Vinson, H.Y. Fadamiro, G.P. Tillman. 2019. New record of Trissolcus solocis (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) in the United States of America. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: 1-6.
- Vinson, E.L. III, 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 53:1634-39.
- Vinson III, E.L., Coneva, E.D., Kemble, J.M., Woods, F.M., Sibley, J.L., Perkins-Veazie, P.M. and Fonsah, E.G. 2017. Phenological parameter responses gauge banana fruit production potential in the coastal region of Alabama, USA. Acta Hort. 1178:61-66.
- Dipayan Sarkar, Widya Agustinaha, F. Woods, E. Coneva, E. Vinson and K. Shetty. 2017. In Vitro Screening and Evaluation of Phenolic Antioxidant-linked Anti-Hyperglycemic Functions of Rabbit-Eye Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) Cultivars” Journal of Berry Research 7:163-177. DOI:10.3233/JBR-170154
- Vinson, E. L., III, E. D. Coneva, J. M. Kemble, F. M. Woods, E. G. Fonsah, P. M. Perkins-Veazie, and J. L. Sibley. 2015. Investigations on Phenological Responses to Determine Banana Fruit Production Potential in the Coastal Region of Alabama, USA, Journal of the American Pomological Society 69 (3): 164-167