- Gregory Lang has been a professor of tree fruit physiology at Michigan State University (MSU) and program leader for the stone fruit physiology laboratory since 2000. He was previously an associate professor and program leader for the sweet cherry physiology laboratory at Washington State University from 1994-2000 and anassistant/associate professor of pomology at Louisiana State University from1987-1994. He earned a B.S. degree in horticultural science from University ofGeorgia, and an M.S. in pomology and Ph.D. in plant physiology from University of California-Davis. His areas of expertise include tree fruit horticulture (development and management of sustainable orchard systems - pruning, training,growth regulation, and protective orchard covering systems, with particularemphasis on sweet cherry), tree fruit physiology (environmental stress,developmental and reproductive physiology, carbohydrate and nitrogenpartitioning and utilization), and Prunus germplasm improvement and evaluation.Dr. Lang has authored more than 185 research and industry articles related to fruit production, released or co-released five new sweet cherry varieties, andhas edited or co-edited several books and proceedings on cherry research. Underthe auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science, he hasserved as the chair of international working groups on cherry production andorchard systems, and has provided numerous keynote addresses at scientific andgrower conferences around the world. He is the recipient of the American Society for Horticultural Science's Undergraduate Research award (1981),Graduate Educator Award (2010), and Extension Materials award (2017), as well as the International Fruit Tree Association's Distinguished Research award(2001).
José Quero Garcia entered Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1993 to obtain title of 'Agronomic Engineer' (2000). 1997-1998 Erasmus student at University of Reading (6 months). 1998-2000 studied at 'Institut Agronomique National Paris-Grigon' (INAP-G) within frame of double diploma exchange programme between ETSIA and INAP-G and obtained diploma of 'Ingénieur Agronome' from INAP-G. During last year at INAP-G, followed a DEA ('Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies'), equivalent of an MSc degree, specialized in 'Genetics and Plant Breeding'. 2000-2004 worked at CIRAD obtaining the PhD degree at the 'Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier' (ENSAM) in 2004. Worked on the study of diversity and breeding of taros (Colocasia esculenta) from Vanuatu. 2005 awarded a competitive fellowship ('Juan de la Cierva') from Spanish Ministry of Education and Research to conduct post-doctoral fellowship at ETSIA Madrid, working on Plant Virology. Before finishing post-doc, hired by INRA-Bordeaux in 2007, as permanent researcher, with main responsibility of leading the sweet cherry breeding programme at INRA. The focus of his team A3C ('Adaptation du Cerisier au Changement Climatique') is to study the adaptation of sweet cherry to climate changes, with a special emphasis on phenology-related traits as well as fruit quality, and in particular, tolerance to rain-induced cracking. Scientific interests include the study of genetic and molecular determinisms of traits of major agronomic importance for sweet cherry. Main applied objective is to implement marker-assisted strategies to optimize the current breeding programme. Since 2012, Chair of COST Action FA1104 'Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market'.