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Diana R. Cochran

Assistant Professor

Department of Horticulture
125 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011-1100

(515) 294-0035
125 Horticulture


Doctor of Philosophy, Mississippi State University, 2012
Master of Science, Auburn University, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 2005

Research Focus

Dr. Diana Cochran leads the ISU fruit crop and hop research programs.  In addition to her applied research programs, Diana works closely with Iowa growers through on-farm collaborative research and demonstration.  She brings expertise in water use efficiency, weed management, integrated pest management, and whole plant physiology.

The goal of fruit crop and hop research at Iowa State University is to conduct research focused on reducing inputs without sacrificing plant quality.

  • Develop a research program focused on reducing production costs and optimizing plant establishment through cultural practices and stress management.
  • Develop an applied research program dedicated to assisting commercial producers identify pest, disease, and other production or management problems.
  • Evaluate sustainable practices that are affordable and practical for the fruit industry.
  • Characterize nutrient and water uptake and use efficiency in fruit crops and hops.
  • Analyze the relationship between plants and environmental variable (light, temperature, soil, etc.).


Teaching Responsibilities

Horticulture 461 – Fruit Crop Production and Management
Horticulture 276x – Understanding Grape and Wine Science