PhytoServ is a horticultural consulting company that promotes environmental sustainability by assisting nursery and greenhouse floriculture growers solve pest, water, and nutrient issues. The owner, Dr. Jeanine West, has nearly 20 years of experience in both industries, and has a master’s degree in freshwater biology and a doctorate in plant and post-harvest physiology.
Jeanine started out at the University of Waterloo with a strong interest in plants and fungi, and worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs researching Phytophthora root rot of Ginseng in the Southern Ontario region. During her doctorate degree, Jeanine worked at a cut flower production facility in Ontario on nutrient management and biological pest control options. After completing her Ph.D., Jeanine spent a year with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in London researching the effect of biosolid applications on the chemistry of tile water in cash crop operations, then moved to a management/production position at a large ornamental nursery. Jeanine was instrumental in developing Best Management Practices for Boxwood Blight in Canada, and now offers services to all ornamental growers through her own company, PhytoServ. Jeanine remains an advisor to the Canadian Nursery Certification Institute’s Board of Directors, and is the Canadian representative for the American Boxwood Blight Working Group. More recently, Jeanine collaborated with a cross-Canada team to develop the GCP Industry Training Course, providing phytosanitary and regulatory guidance for bilateral trade of potted greenhouse-grown plants with the USA.
PhytoServ holds contracts with Landscape Ontario, Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc., Flowers Canada Growers and with independent producers. Jeanine provides direct grower support for regulatory issues, and works closely with government partners to communicate farmer concerns and develop appropriate regulatory tools. Throughout the last few years, Jeanine has led significant research projects supporting horticultural growers with water and nutrient management solutions, including irrigation efficiency and fertilizer placement trials, and investigating water treatment solutions.