Kevin M. Folta is a Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His research program examines how light signals are sensed in plants and how different parts of the spectrum can change shelf life and high-value fruit and vegetable traits. His group also uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. He has been recognized for his efforts in science communication, with lectures and workshops that guide scientists and agricultural producers in changing public perception about food production. In 2016 he was recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and was announced as the Ag Pro Person of the Year. Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1998).