Michael Rogers was recently named interim director of the Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, Fla. The Center is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, according to a news release.
With a doctorate in entomology from the University of Kentucky, Rogers specializes in citrus integrated pest management. His current research focuses on the Asian citrus psyllid, the insect that carries the bacterium that causes citrus greening. Citrus greening is a major agricultural issue, and affects the Florida citrus industry in particular.
As interim director, Rogers replaces Jackie Burns, who becomes the Institute of Food and Agriculture’s new dean of research.