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Lu Zhang


Lu Zhang, Assistant Professor; Scott Endowed Professor Pecan/Tree Physiology

Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
338 Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

Office Location: 338 Agricultural Hall
Phone: 405-744-6463
Fax: 405-744-9709


PhD: Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman, USA (2014)
MS:   Horticulture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (2010)
BS:   Horticulture, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China (2008)

Teaching Activities:

  • HORT 4963/5963 - Horticulture Physiology
  • HORT 3213 - Fruit and Nut Production
  • HORT 4990 - Small Fruit Production

Research Activities:

  • Research focuses on tree nut phenology models based on chill and heat unit, the evaluation of flower qualities as a function of carbohydrate redistribution in dormant trees, and bud mist-cooling systems for commercial orchards.

Selected Publications:

Zhang L., Beede B., Banuelos G., Walls C.M., Ferguson L. 2019. Dust Interferes with Pollen-stigma Interaction and Fruit Set in Pistachio Pistacia vera cv. Kerman. HortScience 54: 1–5.

Zhang L. and Cheary B. 2019 (July). Preliminary Study on the Influence of Spring Freeze on Pecan Bloom. Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Quarterly.

Zhang L., Rohla C., Maness N., Cheary B., Costa L. and Ampatzidis Y. 2019 (January). Know Your Nuts – From Flowering to Fruiting. Pecan South.

Zhang L., Ferguson L. and Whiting M. 2018. Temperature Effects on Pistil Viability and Fruit Set in Sweet Cherry. Scientia Horticulturae 241: 8–17.

Zhang L., Doll D. and Ferguson L. 2018 (March). How do Warm Winter Temperatures Affects Pistachio Bloom and Fruit Set?  West Coast Nut.

Zhang L. and Ferguson L. 2016 (March). Dormancy, Flowering, Pollination and Nut Set in Pistachios. West Coast Nut.

Zhang L., Ampatzidis Y. and Whiting M. 2015. Sweet Cherry Floral Organ Size Varies with Genotype and Temperature. Scientia Horticulturae 182: 156–164.

Selected Presentations:

Zhang L., Maness N. and Moss J.2020. Freezing Temperature Responses of Flower Stigmas on “Pawnee”, “Kanza” and “Maramec” Pecan Trees. Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science. January 31 – February 2, Louisville, KY.

Zhang L. 2020. Asian Pear Production: Cultivars and Trellis System. Horticulture Industries Show. January 10-11, Owasso, OK.

Zhang L. 2019. Pecan Flowering and the Effect of Spring Freeze on Bloom Qualities. 89th Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Annual Convention. June 12-14. Ardmore, OK.

Zhang L., 2018. Studies on Pistachio Flower Quality and Development as Influenced by Low Chill in California. Presentation at the Statewide Pistachio Day. January 17th, Visalia CA, USA. (800 attendees)