SePRO Corporation, a provider of plant protection and plant management products and services in aquatic, turf, landscape, ornamental, and agricultural markets based in Carmel, Indiana, added Greg Armel as vice president, research, regulatory and innovation.
“It seems like every day we are hearing about new resistant weed species in agriculture, a turf disease problem, insect outbreaks in greenhouses, or invasive weeds and algae destroying our ability to enjoy our water resources,” says Tyler Koschnick, president of SePRO Corporation. “Greg will be leading a team that is dedicated to developing better technical solutions for our customers.”
Armel will be based at the SePRO Research and Technology Campus in Whitakers, North Carolina. The SRTC is a 410-acre field laboratory housing research, manufacturing, formulation development, analytical chemistry and logistics departments. The campus allows SePRO’s scientists a unique ability to implement all phases and scales of research and development from laboratory to field trials.
“A robust research, development, and innovation program is vital to helping our customers succeed. We can’t wait to announce the future products and services that will help our customers in the aquatics, turf, ornamental, and ag markets,” says Sam Barrick, vice president of marketing. “Greg joins us at a time when we have some very exciting technologies in the pipeline.”
Greg completed his education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, holding a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife management, a master’s degree in vocational and technical education, and a Ph.D. in weed science.
Upon completion of his graduate studies, Greg started his career in the agri-chemical industry. His first role was as a biologist in an herbicide discovery group before transitioning to a role as product development specialist for corn and soybeans. He returned to academia as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. In this joint extension and research position, he developed a program to address weed management issues in vegetables, small fruit, tree fruit, ornamental plants and invasive weeds as they related to non-crop environments, roadsides and forested areas. Greg then returned to industry, most recently as a global herbicide development manager and as a weed control expert supporting customers in the forestry, aquatic and total vegetation management segments.
During his career Greg has authored or co-authored 48 refereed journal articles, 95 world and individual country patent applications, 20 extension publications, 103 professional meeting abstracts and 6 popular press articles.