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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Ute Albrecht

Plant Physiologist

Dr. Albrecht joined the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in January 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Prior to joining UF she was a long-time member of the citrus improvement team at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Lab in Fort Pierce, FL.

A large part of Dr. Albrecht’s research and extension program focuses on citrus rootstock traits and finding solutions to combat the negative impacts of Huanglongbing (HLB, a.k.a. citrus greening). Much of her research is applied and she is conducting many collaborative field trials in commercial citrus orchards to evaluate the effects of different rootstocks on tree growth and productivity under HLB-endemic conditions. In addition, Dr. Albrecht is investigating the mechanisms of rootstock effects on the scion using different methods which range from metabolomics to shovelomics. Other projects involve methods of rootstock propagation and the potential influence on root architecture and tree growth. Besides research on citrus, she is investigating other crop systems to address specific physiological problems that affect local growers. Her current projects involve the study of plant growth regulator effects on stress tolerance of basil and on preharvest bolting of cilantro.

Research and Extension

  • HLB
  • Citrus rootstocks
  • Rootstock effects on the scion
  • Plant growth regulators

Dr. Ute Albrecht, Assistant Professor

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3422
ualbrecht@ufl.edu | Website