2006: 6th Annual Orchid Short Course
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Philip Kauth, Ph.D. Graduate Student, University of Florida
Philip Kauth grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a small town on Lake Michigan. He became interested in plants during his younger years, helping his parents in the vegetable and ornamental gardens.
As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he became interested in orchids during his plant taxonomy class. He also joined the Northeastern Wisconsin Orchid Society, and became involved with the Native Orchid Conservation Club within the society. As a member of the society, Philip gained experience in growing native terrestrial orchids and also began to learn seed culture techniques.
Throughout college, Philip gained valuable research and field experience by researching potato genetics and breeding, as well as joining several native plant enthusiasts on plant hunting trips. During his last year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Philip decided to enroll in graduate school hoping to conduct native orchid research, which led him to Dr. Wagner Vendrame and Dr. Michael Kane at the University of Florida.
Philip recently finished his masters degree in horticultural sciences in the Environmental Horticulture Department at UF, concentrating on native orchid seed germination. Philip is now in a PhD program and will continue to research native orchid seed germination and micropropagation.
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