Professor

Year Started at JMU: 1986

renfromh@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Research Description

We use tissue culture and cryopreservation for preserving and propagating members of rare and endangered species. Germplasm conservation is an important part of protecting biodiversity. We also measure the antioxidant content of plant-derived foods and beverages.  Antioxidants are important in the maintenance of good health and as protection against cancer and a variety of human diseases.

Courses
  • Contemporary Biology (GBIO 103)
  • Trelawny Learning Community Seminar (BIO 201)
  • Human Uses of Plants (BIO 364)
  • Laboratory in Human Uses of Plants (BIO 365)
  • Plants and Environment (BIO 366)
  • Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (BIO 460/560).
Education
  • PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1984, Yale University
  • MS in Forestry, 1978, The Ohio State University
  • BS in Forestry, 1972, North Carolina State University
Select Publications
  • Renfroe, Michael H. (2015) "Status of Plants in Virginia," Virginia Journal of Science: Vol. 66 : No. 3 , Article 1. DOI: 10.25778/gc3e-ya06.
  • R.R. Murphy, M.H. Renfroe, P.B. Brevard, R.E. Lee and J.W. Gloeckner. 2009. Cooking does not decrease hydrophilic antioxidant capacity of wild blueberries. Int. J. Food Sciences and Nutrition 60(S2):88-98.
  • Jamison, J.A. and M.H. Renfroe. 1998. Micropropagation of Betula uber (Ashe) Fernald. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant 34:147-151.

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