Dr. Melanie Yelton, Plenty
At Plenty, Melanie scales Research & Development Team findings to one of the largest vertical indoor agriculture facilities in the world. Previously, Melanie’s research focused on growing plants below LED luminaires to optimize growth, flavor, and quality. For more than two decades, she served as a lecturer and scientist at Stanford University studying plant signaling in alfalfa and corn.
Melanie also directed sequencing research at the Stanford DNA Sequence and Technology Center. Melanie earned a PhD from the University of California, Davis, in plant molecular biology, a MS in biochemistry from the University of South Carolina, and a BS from Virginia Tech. She holds a patent for work involving filamentous fungus.