Citrus Research and Education Center
Ron Brlansky’s Lake-Alfred, Fla.-based Citrus Research and Education Center lab is conducting research on three main exotic systemic diseases of citrus: stem pitting citrus tristeza, citrus leprosis and citrus greening. Stem-pitting tristeza is preferentially transmitted by the brown citrus aphid. Citrus leprosis is caused by two different viruses and differential transmission of citrus greening.
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma hosted the Florida Weed Science Society’s annual meeting Feb. 21-22. Guest speakers included John Wilcutfrom North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and Janis McFarland from Greensboro, N.C.-based Syngenta. For details visit the GCREC Web site at http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/FWSS/main.htm.
Indian River Research and Education Center
In an effort to help the citrus industry with one of its troublesome pests, Charles Powell, Ft. Pierce-based Indian River Research and Education professor, is looking at the use of protease inhibitors to decrease citrus root weevil populations.
North Florida Research and Education Center-Quincy
A warm January 2006 was followed by a minimum temperature of 24 F recorded at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Quincy on Feb. 13. Peaches and nectarines were almost in full bloom and there was some damage to open blossoms of most of the fruit crops in north Florida. We expect a full to partial crop of peaches and nectarines provided that another frost or freeze does not occur.
North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley
The Spring Twilight Field Day will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley in Live Oak, on May 23 at 5 p.m. A pre-field day meeting on finding niche markets will begin at 2 p.m.
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
More than 80 growers attended a citrus workshop Feb. 15 at the Immokalee-based Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. The event focused on greening and canker and included "Integrated Management of Citrus Psyllid and Greening," a presentation by professor of entomology Phil Stansly.