On 30 January 2017, Dr. Arthur Villordon held a seminar titled “The Role of Phosphorus and Soil Compaction in Determining Sweetpotato Storage Root Length and Shape.” The seminar was held at the International Livestorck Research Institute. Other interested parties had an opportunity to attend via Webex.
Dr. Arthur Villordon is a professor in the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s Sweet Potato Research Station, located in Chase, Louisiana, USA. Dr. Villordon received his B.S. in Agriculture (Plant Breeding) from the Visayas State University (Philippines), an M.S. in Plant Breeding from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and a PhD in Horticulture (Plant Breeding) from Louisiana State University. Much of Dr. Villordon’s research has addressed the morphological and genetic variability of sweetpotato.
His current research interests concern the roles and interactions of environmental, management, and intrinsic variables that control root architecture development, storage root formation, and shape determination in sweetpotato. He has developed methodologies for studying sweetpotato root system adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress. He is a past recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Sweet Potato Association, the 2015 Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science Julian C. Miller Distinguished Researcher Award, the 2015 LSU AgCenter G&H Seed Research Excellence Award, and the 2012 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Publication Award.