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Ryan Dickson recognized by Greenhouse Grower for root zone research

Feb. 23, 2024

By Michael Gjellum
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Ryan Dickson named one to watch by Greenhouse Grower
  • Research focused on root zone health, hydroponic food production
  • Formerly a commercial propagator of floriculture crops

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A national horticulture industry publication has recognized Arkansas researcher Ryan Dickson as one to watch.

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NAMES TO WATCH — Ryan Dickson was recently recognized by Greenhouse Grower for his research. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

Greenhouse Grower, a national print and online platform focused on greenhouse production and crop management, highlighted Dickson for his work in root zone research in the article “Four Names to Watch in Horticulture Research.”

Dickson is an assistant professor of greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“Greenhouse Grower is a popular trade magazine, so it means our work is having an impact, and we are achieving visibility on the national level,” Dickson said.

Dickson’s research focuses on root zone health, floriculture, hydroponics and soft fruit crops such as strawberries and blackberries. The root zone is where soil and roots interact, he explained. By studying the root zone, researchers like Dickson can develop strategies for higher crop yields, conserving water and mitigating soil degradation.

“Mismanagement of the root zone causes many of the grower problems and crop losses we see today,” Dickson said. “The root zone is a complex and dynamic environment, and addressing issues such as imbalances in fertilizer nutrients, pH levels, and soilless substrate components is crucial.”

Dickson's passion for the industry stems from his background as a commercial grower.

“I love this industry — I was a commercial grower before becoming a researcher and academic,” he said. “The greenhouse floriculture and hydroponics industries produce living products that have so many societal and human health benefits, and the growers in this field are absolutely top notch.”

As Dickson looks toward the future of floriculture and how the industry is constantly evolving, he said he’s excited for new opportunities to come.

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Media Contact: Michael Gjellum,