Horticulture Faculty

John R. Clark

John R. Clark

Distinguished Professor

(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(HORT)-Horticulture

Phone: 479-575-2810

Fax: 4795758619

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John R. Clark is a distinguished professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas. Research is his primary appointment, where he leads some components of the University’s Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program. Crops he works with include blackberries, table and wine grapes, and blueberries. He has developed many varieties of various fruits and has cooperative breeding activities at several locations in the United States in addition to Europe, Mexico, South America, and Australia. He has worked in fruit breeding since joining the University of Arkansas in 1980. Varieties Developed (senior or co-developer/inventor) at the University of Arkansas or cooperative breeding programs and patent number if patented  - 69 total, 55 patented or plant patent applied for.

Research responsibilities focus on project leadership in the breeding and cultivar development of blueberries, blackberries and grapes. 

PhD University of Arkansas 1983

MS Mississippi State University 1980

BS Mississippi State University 1978
 

Total publications:

12 book chapters
176 refereed publications
256 abstracts
356 service and popular press articles
Total publications: 800

(January 2020)

Distinguished Professor, (2016 to present)

University Professor, (2008 to 2016)

Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas (2000 to 2008)

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas (1994 to 2000) (Interim Head, 1999-2000)

Resident Director and Associate Professor, Fruit Substation, University of Arkansas (1991 to 1994)

Resident Director, Fruit Substation, University of Arkansas (1983 to 1991)

Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, University of Arkansas Alumni Association, 2019

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, Inducted 2018

Outstanding Researcher Award, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2018

Impact Award, National Association of Plant Breeders, 2017

College of Agriculture and Life Science Alumni Achievement Award, Mississippi State University, 2017

2016 UA Faculty Gold Medal, University of Arkansas Office of Nationally Competitive

Awards

Appointed to honorary faculty position of Distinguished Professor, Department of Horticulture, 2016

Dedication of Horticultural Reviews Volume 40 to John Reuben Clark; selected by editor Jules Janick with dedication article by Chad Finn (USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR) Finn, C.E. 2012. Dedication: John Reuben Clark. In: J. Janick (ed.). Horticultural Reviews Vol 40. p xii-xxi.

Distinguished Service Award, North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association, 2012

Spitze Land Grant University Faculty Award for Excellence, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, 2011

John W. White Division of Agriculture Outstanding Team Award, Functional Foods Team, University of Arkansas, 2007

Appointed to honorary faculty position of University Professor, Department of Horticulture, 2008

Julian C. Miller Sr. Outstanding Researcher Award, Southern Region – American Society for Horticultural Science, 2007

John W. White Division of Agriculture Research Award,  University of Arkansas, 2006

Fruit Cultivar Award for Navaho Blackberry, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2006 (with James N. Moore)

Recognized by Arkansas General Assembly in House Concurrent Resolution 1027 for contributions to Arkansas of the fruit breeding program, 2005

Fellow, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2005

Research Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, Arkansas Chapter, 2004

Wilder Medal, Small and Stone Fruit Breeding, American Pomological Society, 2003

John W. White Division of Agriculture Outstanding Team Award, Grape Research Team, University of Arkansas, 2002

Outstanding Researcher Award, Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists, 1995

Service Award, Arkansas State Horticultural Society, 1991