Associate Professor of Horticulture
School of Food and Agriculture
205 Deering Hall
Degree: Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004
Research Topic: Sustainable greenhouse plant production; plant water relations; organic fertilizers
Overview of Research: Greenhouse plant production is economically important in Maine and across the United States. In Maine and New England, greenhouses are a vital because they provide growers with season extension in our cold climate. The goal of my research is to provide recommendations for growing plants in protected horticulture sustainably. Specific research topics have included the use of inexpensive moisture sensors to assist growers in determining when to water and how much water should be applied. This research has provided the means conserving water. Additional research has focused on developing organic fertilizer recommendations for greenhouse growers.
Hawkins, G., S.E. Burnett, and L.B. Stack. 2012. Survey of consumer interest in organic, sustainable, and local bedding plants in Maine. HortTechnology (In Press).
Rothrock, M.J., Jr., Frantz, J.M., S. Burnett. 2012. Effect of volumetric water content and clover (Trifolium incarnatum) on the survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a soil matrix. Current Microbiology 65:272-283.
Garland, K., S.E. Burnett, M. Day, and M.W. van Iersel. 2012. Influence of substrate water content and daily light integral on photosynthesis, water use efficiency, and morphology of Heuchera americana. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 137:57-67.
Burnett, S.E., N. Mattson, B. Krug, and R. Lopez. 2011. Floriculture sustainability research coalition: Bringing the latest sustainability research to the industry. HortTechnology 21:692-693.
Kim, J., M.W. van Iersel, and S.E. Burnett. 2011. Estimating daily water use of two petunia cultivars based on plant and environmental factors. HortScience 46:1287-1293.
van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, and S. Burnett. 2010. The use of soil moisture probes for improved uniformity and irrigation control in greenhouses. Acta Horticulturae 893:1049-1056.
van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, J.G. Kang, and S.E. Burnett. 2010. Growth and water use of petunia as affected by substrate water content and daily light integral. HortScience 45:277-282.
Burnett, S.E. and L.B. Stack. 2009. Survey of the research needs of the potential organic ornamental bedding plant industry in Maine. HortTechnology 19:743-747.
Burnett, S.E. and M.W. van Iersel. 2008. Morphology and irrigation efficiency of Gaura lindhiemeri grown with capacitance sensor-controlled irrigation. HortScience 43:1555-1560.
Burnett, S.E., M.W. van Iersel, and P.A. Thomas. 2006. Medium-incorporated PEG-8000 reduces elongation, growth, and whole-canopy carbon dioxide exchange of marigold. HortScience 41:124-130.
Burnett, S., M. van Iersel, and P. Thomas. 2005. PEG-8000 alters morphology and nutrient concentrations of hydroponic impatiens. HortScience 40:1768-1772.
Burnett, S.E., S.V. Pennisi, P.A. Thomas, and M.W. van Iersel. 2005. Controlled drought affects morphology and anatomy of Salvia splendens. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130:775-781.