40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Rachel Itle


University of Georgia

Job Title

Assistant Research Scientist


Dr. Rachel Itle is an assistant research scientist in Fruit Production and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. Dr. Itle’s research and extension program focuses on perennial fruit crops, such as blueberries, concentrating on physicochemical fruit quality traits and their genetics. Her program also researches freeze protection, biostimulant applications and trellising systems, among others. Her main goal is to help the perennial fruit industries in the southeast increase their profitability.

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