Influence of Rootstock Propagation Method on Traits of Grafted Sweet Orange Trees has been published in HortScience (55(5):729–737. 2020). Plant physiologist Dr. Ute Albrecht, Ph.D. student Shahrzad Bodaghi, and biological scientist Bo Meyering are first-third authors, respectively. To read the full article, click here: https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/55/5/article-p729.xml.
Barcelos Bisi R,Albrecht U, Bowman KD (2020). Seed and seedling nursery characteristics for ten USDA citrus rootstocks. HortScience, published ahead of issue: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14598-19. Bisi is a postdoc and Albrecht is plant physiologist.
Nuzo A, Satpute A, Albrecht U, Strauss SL (2020). Impact of soil microbial amendments on tomato rhizosphere microbiome and plant growth in field soil. Microbial Ecology, published ahead of issue: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00248-020-01497-7. Nuzzo is a former postdoc, Satpute is a postdoc, Albrecht is plant physiologist, and Strauss is soil microbiologist.
Precision ag engineer Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis and postdoctoral research associate Dr. Jaafar Abdulridha are second and third authors, respectively, of the article “The Basis for Development of a Foundational Biomarker Reflectance Signature Database System for Plant Cell Identification, Disease Detection, and Classification Purposes.” The article was included in the proceedings of the 2020 10th Annual computing and Communication Workshop and Conference in January in Las Vegas, Nevada. To read the article, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/precision-ag-eng/2020-Ampatzidis-IEEE.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. 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. 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.
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. Ioannis 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. Kelly Morgan provides growers of Florida with science-based information on improved soil fertility and water management methods. Implementation of best management practices that sustain yields while protecting water quality.
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.