September 21, 2019
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UMaine Extension welcomes new ornamental horticulture specialist

Community Author: Richard Brzozowski
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ORONO– Matthew Wallhead is the new University of Maine Cooperative Extension ornamental horticulture specialist and assistant professor of horticulture.

Wallhead joins UMaine from the USDA Agricultural Research Service Application Technology Research Unit in Wooster, Ohio. His postdoctoral work there focused on improving spray efficiency for ornamental nurseries.

In Maine, Wallhead will be responding to the needs of the state’s ornamental horticulture industry, including educating growers on management practices that will enable them to increase production efficiency and profitability. His current research projects include the evaluation of laser-guided air-assisted sprayers for commercial nurseries and Christmas tree farms, and applications of small unmanned aerial systems for precision horticulture. His professional interests include cut flower production, fungi, ornamental gardens and precision horticulture.

Wallhead holds a joint appointment with UMaine Extension and the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture. He received a doctorate in plant biology and geospatial sciences from the University of New Hampshire, with a focus on integrated disease management for apples.

“Maine is a beautiful state, and I look forward to serving the green industry here,” Wallhead says.

More information about the UMaine Extension ornamental horticulture program is available online ( or by calling 207.581.3188.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine: 

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit