Stoller Enterprises, Inc. announces the addition of Dr. Michael D. Orzolek to the research and development team. Dr. Orzolek will work closely with Stoller Enterprises’ scientists investigating the increase of plant productivity and plant health using various phytohormones, plant nutritional inputs, plant metabolites and small molecules as they relate to the increased energy activity from growing plants.
“I am very proud to announce Michael’s addition to the Stoller Enterprises team,” says Jerry Stoller, president and CEO. “The addition of such a well-respected researcher should indicate to all growers, agronomists, and researchers , that Stoller Enterprises, Inc. is dedicated to new science that increases the epigenetic response of plants enabling them to express their genetic activity to a higher extent.”
Orzolek has spent the last 30 years as a researcher and professor at Pennsylvania State University in vegetable crops. In 1998, he was instrumental in founding the Center for Plasticulture and the High Tunnel Research and Education facility, both of which have grown exponentially in the last 14 years. Plasticulture (growing vegetables under plastic) and high tunnels (cost-effective plastic greenhouses) are two of the most important ways for specialty crops to give growers consistent economic returns. Orzolek is one of the most widely known plasticulture researchers and has been very influential in offering user- and cost-friendly options for growers worldwide.
In addition to his vast research and teaching duties, Orzolek is also credited in the development of the Simply Sweet Onion and the expansion of the vegetable education program at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.
“We are thrilled that Michael sees and understands the great strides Stoller Enterprises has been making year after year to bring real solutions to growing farmer obstacles,” says Stoller. “Our primary commitment remains to the grower and their plants’ productivity. Michael will be a welcome addition as Stoller Enterprises continues to lead the way in plant research and innovation.”
Orzolek earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alliance College in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in horticulture from West Virginia University, and a doctorate in horticulture from the University of Maryland. He will join Stoller Enterprises, Inc. later this summer after he retires from Pennsylvania State University.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas and celebrating over 41 years in business, Stoller Enterprises is dedicated to helping producers enhance yields by maximizing genetic expression. Stoller Enterprise’s R&D team is located in an independent research facility allowing them access to the most advanced plant research technology.