“The Effect of Foliar and Ground-applied Essential Nutrients on Huanglongbing-affected Mature Citrus Trees” appears in the Plants journal special issue titled “Plant-soil Interactions: From Soil Fertility to Crop Growth” (volume 10, number 5). Postdoctoral research associate Dr. Ali Atta, center director and soil and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan, and research coordinator Dr. Kamal Mahmoud are first, second, and fourth authors, respectively. To read the article, click here and scroll down to download the PDF version: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/special_issues/Soil_Fertility_Crop_Growth.
“How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance the Citrus Industry” appears in the May issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Precision ag engineer Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis is the author. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/precision-ag-eng/2021-05-Ampatzidis-Citrus-Industry.pdf.
“Principles and Risks of Trunk Injection for Delivery of Crop Protection Materials” appears in the May issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Plant physiologist Dr. Ute Albrecht and Ph.D. student Leigh Archer are first and second authors. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/plant-physiology/2021-05-Albrecht_CitrusIndustry.pdf.
“The Future of Precision Weed Control” appears in the May issue of Vegetable and Specialty Crop News. Precision ag engineer Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis is the author. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/precision-ag-eng/2021-05-Ampatzidis-VegetableSpecialtyCropsNews.pdf.
“Cutleaf Evening Primrose Management in Vegetable Production” appears in the May issue of Vegetable and Specialty Crop News. Master’s student Ruby Tiwari and weed scientist Dr. Ramdas Kanissery are first and second authors. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/weed-science/2021-05-Kanissery-_VegetableSpecialtyCropNews.pdf.
“Pest of the Month: Bean Rust” appears in the May issue of Florida Grower magazine. Associate director for stakeholder relations Gene McAvoy is the author. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/mcavoy/2021-05-McAvoy-Pest-of-the-month-FL-Growers.pdf.
Dr. Kimberly “Kim” L. Morgan joined the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida in August 2020 as an Associate Professor and Extension Agricultural Economist.
She is the Director of the Farm Labor Supervisor Training program, leading a team of experts who provide educational programs to protect the health and safety of Florida farm workers, supervisors, and owners, as they work 24/7/365 to provide fresh, healthy food and food products locally, regionally, nationally, and globally
Dr. Wade is an Agricultural Resource Economist in the Food and Resource Economics Department and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWREC) at the University of Florida.
She specializes in determining the economic factors that affect choices to adopt environmentally benign agricultural practices.
Dr. 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.
He earned his Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Valencia, Spain.
Dr. Batuman joined the center in October 2016. Before coming to the SWFREC, he was a project scientist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California-Davis. There he worked on thrips population dynamics and Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) incidence in processing tomatoes, peppers, and lettuces in Central California for development and implementation of an integrated pest management strategy for TSWV/thrips control.
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.
Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis began as an Assistant Professor in 2017 and leads a research and extension precision agriculture engineering program in the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee.
He works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crop production.
Dr. Strauss began as an Assistant Professor in Soil Microbiology in 2016. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Her research and extension programs are focused on examining the interactions between soil microbial communities and plant health and productivity in both citrus and vegetable crops.
Dr. Phillip Williams began as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and leads a research and extension vegetable horticulture program in the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee.
Dr. Williams group focuses on the development of vegetable production practices to improve productivity, and product quality. His program focuses on the major crops of Southwest Florida which are tomato, bell pepper, and cucurbits, as well as new specialty crops.
Dr. Pamela D. Roberts is a Professor of Plant Pathology and State Extension Specialist for Vegetable Pathology at University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL. She received her B.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences from Kansas State University, M.S. in Plant Pathology from University of Hawaii, and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida.
Sanjay Shukla is a professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department working at IFAS's Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, Florida. Shukla's primary interest is water quality and supply issues, and his location in Immokalee puts him in the center of one of the most delicately balanced environments of the country, South Florida.
Dr. Kanissery joined the center as an Assistant Professor in October 2016 and leads the Weed Science research and extension program at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, FL. He previously worked as a senior chemist with EAG Laboratories, an environmental research and consulting organization in Easton, Maryland.