Dr. Fernando Alferez
Assistant Professor, Citrus Horticulture
Dr. Fernando Alferez began as the SWFREC Citrus Horticulturist in February. He previously worked as a visiting research scientist at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred on systemic acquired resistance of citrus plants.
Dr. Alferez earned his Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Valencia, Spain. His graduate studies dealt with determining and understanding exogenous endogenous factors regulating fruit development, maturation, and quality.
At SWFREC, Dr. Alferez’ research and extension programs will be interconnected and strive to serve the citrus industry in southwest Florida and the entire state. Some of his projects will include systematic characterization of novel varieties being released for both processing and the fresh market and assaying novel ways to manage postharvest fruit drop under HLB pressure.