Malcolm Manners, Ph.D.

Professor of Citrus Science
Program Coordinator

“I like to work closely with my students, from a scientific research point of view. Define a problem, design a method of coming up with the answer to the problem, and then actually do the research to find the answers. I think it is important to instill the sense of curiosity and joy and wonder about what we do.””

Dr. Manners attended Anderson College, earning the B. A. in chemistry and biology. From there, he went to the University of Florida for the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in horticultural science, specializing in flowering physiology of tropical fruits. He has been teaching at FSC since 1981, and has specialized in fruit production (mostly citrus), as well as roses, and techniques of propagation of various crops. Since 1996, he has participated in 14 USAID-funded volunteer consulting missions to developing countries, to help alleviate their extreme poverty through education on better crop production methods. Countries include Ethiopia, Egypt, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Angola. He is very active in the preservation of heirloom genetic resources in roses, and is a trustee of the Heritage Rose Foundation.


Ph.D., Horticultural Science, University of Florida
M.S., Fruit crops/tropical fruit physiology, University of Florida
A.B., Biology and Chemistry, Anderson College

Honors and Awards

  • Presidents Volunteer Service Award, from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and encourage all Americans to contribute through volunteer service. For service as a volunteer in Bangladesh on two Winrock International Farmer-to-Farmer projects, consulting with plant nurseries on their production and propagation techniques, this award has been given to Dr. Manners three times.
  • Certificate of Merit, American Rose Society, for best article in a newsletter - 2006
  • Named John and Ruth Tyndall Professor of Citrus Science - 2003

Publications or Exhibitions

Manners, M.M., Griffis, Jr., J.L., McDonald, T.G., 2011. Time after scion harvest and grafting method influence graft success rate for purple-fruited pitanga (Eugenia uniflora L.). Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. v. 124. In Press.

Wheeler, K., McDonald, T.G., Griffis, Jr., J.L., Radovich, T.J.K., Bingham, J.P., Manners, M.M. "Flavonol and Anthocyanin Analyses of Purple-fruited Selections of Eugenia uniflora L. (Pitanga) by High Performance Liquid Chromatography." Accepted for presentation at the ASHS Annual Conference, Waikoloa, HI, Sept., 2011.

Manners, M.M. 2011. Ruth Knopf Honored as a Great Rosarian of the World. Article in: By Any Other Name. Newsletter of the World Federation of Rose Societies' Heritage Rose Group. Vol. 6 March 2011. pp. 10-11.