Dr. Jawwad Qureshi research is aimed at investigating and developing tools and tactics for implementing knowledge based Integrated Pest and Disease Management programs useful for conservation of natural resources, improved environmental quality and sustainable crop production systems. Subject areas include biology, ecology, behavior and management of the insect and mite pests and their natural enemies; plant, pathogen, vector and environment interactions; and methods of pest control for both organic and conventional citrus and vegetable production systems and urban areas. In citrus, many efforts are focused on the understanding and management of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, and its vectored huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease. Research addresses both basic and applied questions and seeks stakeholder collaboration.
The extension program provides statewide leadership in educating stakeholders in identification of pests and their natural enemies in citrus and vegetables and development and implementation of integrated pest management programs. This is done through direct interactions with growers, field demonstrations and farmer field days, extension articles, trainings, workshops and in collaboration with state-wide network of extension agents.
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3400