Dr. Sylvia Blankenship has been elected a fellow of the International Society of Horticultural Science.
The horticulture professor and associate dean for administration in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences becomes one of only 10 people selected for the honor.
Blankenship’s groundbreaking work in postharvest physiology has changed the course of research on fruit ripening and provided a valuable commercial tool for treating produce.
She and Dr. Ed Sisler, a biochemistry professor, developed a patented method of treating fruits and vegetables that slows fruit aging to control ripening. The method, called the SmartFreshSM Quality System, is widely used, particularly with apples.
Blankenship joined the faculty in 1983. She previously served as assistant department head and interim department head in horticultural science.