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Maria Balota

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

Maria Balota is an Associate Professor with two-way appointment in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) covering 50% research and 50% extension.  She resides at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC) in Suffolk, VA, where serves as the leader of the multi-state Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation (PVQE), which is the pipeline for Virginia-type peanut cultivar development for Virginia and the Carolinas. In this capacity, Balota has expertise in stress physiology of field crops and aerial high-throughput phenotyping for indirect crop selection.

CAIA Platform(s):

  • SmartFarm Innovation Network™ - SmartTechnologies for Crop and the Green Industries