Dr. Carole Saravitz

Director of the Phytotron
Research Associate Professor

Phytotronics, LED lighting, hydroponics

Research Interests

At the NCSU Phytotron, we are involved in the design and implementation of phytotronics studies  to solve controlled environment problems as well as testing of controlled environment innovations. Increased energy efficiency is a main focus of current research projects. Current interests include development of LED light protocols that provide optimal growth of a wide variety of plants including common crop plants such as corn, soybean, cotton and horticultural crops such as cucumber and tomato.


Alejos-Gonzalez F, Qu G, Zhou LL, Saravitz CH, Shurtleff JL, Xie DY. 2011. Characterization of development and artemisinin biosynthesis in self-pollinated Artemisia annua plants. Planta 234(4):685-697.

Saravitz, C.H. 2006. Physiological factors controlling growth of Rhododendron species. Journal of the American Rhododendron Society. 60:133.

Hernandez-Sebastia, C., F. Marsolais, C. Saravitz, D. Israel, R., Dewey and S.C. Huber. 2005. Free amino acid profiles suggest a possible role for asparagines in developing seeds of low and high protein soybean lines. Journal of Experimental Botany 56:1951-1963.