Dist. Professor; Co-Director; Translational Team
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- Office: Kilgore Hall 260
- Website: https://berries.cals.ncsu.edu/
Dr. Fernandez is Co-Project Director, J. D. Leazer and W. N. Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Horticulture, the strawberry and caneberry breeder at NC State University, and the Caneberry Extension Specialist. She has developed and released 2 patented strawberry cultivars in 2018. Over the past 22 years, she conducted a number of USDA funded research projects investigating alternatives to methyl bromide, and research that led growers in the region to use row covers in the fall to improve strawberry yields. She has developed several caneberry production guides. She has mentored 20 MS and Ph.D. students, and numerous undergraduate students. Many of these students have become important members of the small fruit academic and private industries.