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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center


Developing effective, long lasting, and integrated control strategies for pathogens causing economic harm to citrus.


Citrus Pathology Lab

Our lab is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Ozgur Batuman, at the University of Florida Institute for Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS)  Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, Florida. We are focused on biological research, extension, and citrus diagnostics. Our projects and accomplishments are showcased throughout this website. Any questions and communications will be directed to our lab manager and Dr. Batuman.

Ozgur Batuman

Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Citrus Pathology

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3408
Fax:(239) 658-3403

Educational Videos

Citrus Pathology, UF/IFAS Southwest Research & Education Center, Immokalee, FL

Development of an IPM Strategy for Thrips and Tomato spotted wilt virus in Processing Tomatoes in the Central Valley of California

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV; species Tomato spotted wilt orthotospovirus; genus Orthotospovirus; family Tospoviridae) is a thrips-transmitted virus that can cause substantial economic losses to many crops, including tomato (Solanum lycopersicum).

Since 2005, TSWV emerged as an economically important virus of processing tomatoes in the Central Valley of California, in part due to increased populations of the primary thrips vector, western flower thrips (WFT; Frankliniella occidentalis). To develop an understanding of the epidemiology of TSWV in this region, .....

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Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

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