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June 2005Vol. 16, No.6


UF/IFAS International Programs Office of the Vice President for Agriculture & Natural Resources Gainesville, Florida 32611

From the director
Egypt project featured
By Roger Natzke ,.
Recently I had an
opportunity to .
attend a workshop in / -
Chicago '"Building
New Partnerships in
the Global Food
Chain: Experiences from Asia, Mid-
dle East and Africa." jointly spon-
sored by USAID. International Arid
Lands Consortium, World Bank and
the Uniersity of Illinoi,,. Speakers
%\ere from NGOs. industry. goern-
ment and academia. Topics included
identifying markets. capacity building
for market development, standards
and quality assurance, examining pol-
icy and trade issues and linking the
small producer to the market.
Several presentations were based
on the MUCIA-AERI linkage project
in Egypt.IFAS is a major contributor
to that project. The first phase in-
volves improving the biotech capabil-
ities of scientists at six universities in
Egypt. The second phase inmolies
training local producers and universi-
ty faculty in identification of markets.
setting up supply chains and linking
local producers to those markets. The
third phase is designed to assist pro-
fessors of agricultural economics,
horticulture and livestock production
in upgrading their teaching tech-
niques. As part of that effort we host-
ed 17 faculty. from Egy pt for four
See Egypt, p. 2

Distance education team visits Africa

to explore design of pilot courses
A LIF/1FAS leam is collabo- "
rating with international
partner., to link current UF i .
distance education degree pro-
grams in agricultural and en% iron- '
mental science to the needs of su- \
dents, institutes and communities
in Kenra and IUganda. l
The program Strencthenin, Ag-
ricultural and Environmental Ca-
pacitH Through Distance Educa-
tion is more than a distance educa-
tion program. It is a link between
UF/IFAS. the International Center
for Tropical Agriculture (CIATi,
the Unilersit' of Nairobi and
Nlakerere ULni ersity in which Lisette Staal, left, Sabine Grunwald, and
each institution contributes to im- Edith Hesse meet with Stephen Lwasa,
pro% ing the educational capacity agricultural economist, Makerere Univer-
of the others by contributing to the sity, Uganda.

design of courses, research pro-
grams, and institutional enhancements
matched to the needs and capabilities
of local universities.
UF/IFAS International Programs
Assistant Director Liseite Staal and
soil and water science assistant pro-
fessor and Distance Education Coordi-
nator Sabine Grun% ald joined Edith
Hesse. head of CIAT'S Information
and Capacity Strengthening Unit. in
meetings %w ith representative es of the
universities in Kenya and Uganda in
June to assess the needs and informa-
tion technology capabilities of the uni-
versities in% olhed in a pilot project.

Then the pilot project team engaged
in three-day planning workshop at
Makerere University on the develop-
ment of the project.
"This is a unique approach in
which we are using distance learning
for teaching in a way that ensures lo-
cal relevancy," Staal said.
The pilot program will provide
master's degree training for four stu-
See Distance Education, p. 2
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Agreement with Italian university focuses on plant diseases
Exchanging students and establish- Their collaboration started with in- nean region. NFREC Quincy research-
ng a plant diagnostic network in terest in tomato spotted wilt virus. A ers Steve Olson and Jim Marois also
the Mediterranean are among the plans doctoral student from Basilicata Uni- are planning to participate to the stu-
for a new cooperative agreement with versity is working with Momol at the dent exchange program with the Uni-
the University of Basilicata, Italy. North Florida Research and Educa- versity of Basilicata.
The focal point of the cooperative tion Center in Quincy. In addition, The University of Basilicata is a re-
agreement is the study of plant diseas- Crescenzi and Momol are conducting search-oriented university in Potenza,
es. Tim Momol, a UF/IFAS plant pa- research in southern Italy on manage- in the panoramic mountains of the
thologist, is program manager. His ment of tomato spotted wilt. southern Italy near Naples and Bari.
counterpart and collaborator at the They are planning to strengthen re- Its Website is
University of Basilicata is Aniello search ties by exchanging additional Contact
Crescenzi, a virologist working mostly students and by developing a plant Tim Momol, 1
with vegetable viruses, diagnostic network in the Mediterra- J)

Distance education, from p. 1
dents, two from Uganda and two from
Kenya, who could start as early as Jan-
uary 2006. The students will take all
courses at their home universities and
are not required to visit the University
of Florida campus. Learning materials
will be transmitted via the Internet and
study will take place under the supervi-
sion of faculty at the home institutions
and at CIAT and UF/IFAS.
Grunwald, whose course on GIS is
part of the program, said the experi-
ence of adapting courses for the Afri-
can universities could lead to a greater
presence for UF/IFAS worldwide.
The project is supported by a US-
AID grant to CIAT. UF/IFAS and the

Egypt, from p. 1
weeks as they worked on their courses
to insure that students are belter pre-
pared for the job market. Facult. from
agricultural education rec iew ed teach-
ing techniques, and faculty from horti-
culture and animal science served as
mentors. Earl\ this fall. we will host
15 additional Egyptian faculty for
training. In addition to the on-campus
training. se eral of our faculty and our
new dean, Dr. Kirby Barrick, provided
workshops for faculty in Egypt. Par-
ticipation in these efforts is an e\cel-
lent way for faculty to gain interna-
tional experience and to develop link-
ages for long-term cooperation.
USAID held a stakeholders meeting

African universities are subcontrac-
UF/IFAS is taking a lead interna-
tionally in distance education by of-
fering master's degrees in several
fields that students abroad can take
without visiting UF. This pilot
project has an additional focus of col-
laboratively developing materials
closely linked to the specific needs of
the two African nations. In develop-
ing the program, UF/IFAS is assist-
ing in the development of capabilities
of the African universities while its
faculty gain experience in developing
distance education courses.
During the workshops, academic
leaders from Uganda and Kenya em-

on Setting Agricultural and Natural
Resources Nlanagement Research
Priorities. There was strong support
for continuing and possibly strength-
enine the CRSP initiative.
We are happy that Dr.Yoana New-
man, our Spanish teacher. has ob-
tained a faculty position but unfortu-
natel> that mean, that she is leave ing
us at the end of this summer. We
have suspended teaching Spanish this
fall as \we await a committee report.

Roger Natzke is senior associate dean
and director of International Programs
Roger Natzke,
natzke @

phasized that there is a gap between
educational programs and specific
needs of the communities served by
the two universities. Graduates lack
experience to provide the best service
for clientele in their communities.
Through this and subsequent ex-
changes, UF/IFAS plans to present
practical and relevant information in a
program designed with the students'
needs in mind. Grunwald said students
likely will need courses in natural re-
source sciences, social sciences, adap-
tive management and problem solving
as they prepare to meet the needs of
their communities.
One challenge is to match the edu-
cational materials to the electronic ca-
pabilities of the African universities.
While both universities have com-
puters, distance learning and Internet
access, the high demand for comput-
ers and the limited Internet bandwidth
and transfer rate at the African univer-
sities need to be factored into the
course development.
The bandwidth limitation means
UF/IFAS faculty, in some cases, will
need to modify the electronic format
of their courses to ensure that the in-
formation downloads in a reasonable
amount of time for students, Staal
Lisette Staal,


Sea Grant agent visits Indonesia for coastal conference

B revard Sea Grant agent Chris
Combs attended a conference in
Indonesia in May, where several South
East Asian coastal nations shared
information with one another and with
members of the U.S. National Sea
Grant team on coastal issues and
disaster response.
In representing Sea Grant as well as
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Association at the Sea Partnership Pro-
gram Conference and Workshop in
Jakarta, Combs and other team mem-
bers met with marine scientists eager
to learn about implementation of coast-
al hurricane-protection programs in
Florida in the wake of the December
2004 tsunami that killed nearly
300,000 people in Indonesia.
The nation is developing the South
East Asian Sea Partnership Program
and is seeking input from Sea Grant in
the implementation of the program.
NOAA International Programs
asked Florida Sea Grant to send a field

agent representative to the con-
ference to discuss how marine
extension programs in Florida
and elsewhere in the United
States address coastal hazards
such as hurricanes. About 150
South East Asian representatives
from Indonesia, Malaysia and
Thailand joined with the team of
seven U.S. Sea Grant Extension
educators to discuss how exten-
sion, education, communication,

and coastal law are applied
through Sea Grant to address coastal
and marine resource issues, and to il-
lustrate the value of extension pro-
gramming at the local level.
In his presentation, Combs dis-
cussed the role of a local Sea Grant
extension agent in the national pic-
ture of the Sea Grant model.
In the exchange of information,
Combs noted that issues such as man-
grove restoration, coral reef protec-
tion, ecotourism, and marine conser-

This muscle farm in Jakarta Bay was
among the visits at a coastal conference.

vation areas relevant to Florida are
also important worldwide.
In Indonesia, a parallel Sea Grant
extension program called Sea Partners
is just getting off the ground. Combs
would like to see more cooperation
between Florida Sea Grant and Sea
Partners once the program develops.

( Chris Combs, )

Plant virus researchers share information at UF/IFAS conference

ta conference hosted by UF/
IkFAS, members of the
International Vegetable and Legume
Virus Working Groups discussed
issues regarding plant viruses from as
near as Florida and as far away as
Group members shared information
on viruses ranging from basic and
molecular, to epidemiological and
ecological, to reports of new and
emerging viral diseases.
Among the speakers were UF/IFAS
plant pathologist Andy Schuerger,
whose affiliation with NASA has
prompted research into viruses in
space. Schuerger discussed microbes
and their potential survival on Mars.
UF/IFAS plant pathologist Ernest
Hiebert presented the history of
potyvirus research at the University of
June 2005

Florida. Plant pathology Chair Gail
Wisler is outgoing secretary of the
Forty-five people attended,
representing 15 countries. The
conference featured 27 talks and 17
posters over two days.
The conference was held in April
in Fort Lauderdale. It was followed
by a field trip hosted by Randy Ploetz
and Mike Davis at the Tropical
Research and Education Center in
Homestead, with professor Ken
Pernezny, Everglades Research and
Education Center, as tour guide.
Guests observed the tropical flora and
fauna, the Everglades environment
and a variety of exotic palms at
TREC. They sampled transgenic
papaya from a virus-resistant papaya
program conducted by TREC

professor Mike Davis. Mary Lamberts
and Teresa Olczyk, two county faculty
from the Miami-Dade office,
summarized their variety trials for
whitefly-transmitted viruses of bean.
The afternoon was spent touring
Fairchild's Botanical Gardens in
The conference marked the first
meeting of the newly merged
vegetable and legume working groups.
These merged groups meet once every
three years. The next meeting is in
Slovenia in 2008. A new goal of the
working group is to recruit new
members and students from the
virology community worldwide.

(Gail Wisler, ]

Office of International Programs
University of Florida
Office of the Vice President for Agriculture
and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 110282
Gainesville, FL 32611-0282

PO BOX 117001

Chinese officials observe sustainable agriculture on UF/IFAS tour

Officials from the People's
Republic of China learned about
sustainable agriculture in Sarasota and
Manatee counties and the role of exten-
sion in Florida agriculture during a
tour in April hosted by the Sarasota
County Extension office.
The 12-person delegation from the
city of Zun Yi in the Guizhou province
of China was headed by Liu Ming,
mayor of Zun Yi, and included offi-
cials from agricultural ministries.
The study tour was sponsored by the
city of Sarasota and the Economic De-
velopment Council of Sarasota County

as part of an exchange program be-
tween the two cities. The farm tour
was organized by Carolyn Gregov,
Sarasota County Extension director.
The first day of the tour began at
the Mote Aquaculture Park in Saraso-
ta County, a model of sustainable
aquaculture development. The tour
included stops at hatcheries, grow-
out tanks and processing facilities of
the production and research pro-
grams. The tour included state-of-
the-art technology in the fish breed-
ing, water re-circulation and filtra-
tion, and computer control systems.

The second stop was at the Hydro-
Taste farm in Manatee County, where
owner Chester Bullock provided a
guided tour on the hydroponics opera-
tion. Here the delegation learned
about the patented system using mod-
ular vertical units and drip irrigation
that promotes natural resource conser-
vation. The delegates observed straw-
berries, cabbages, cucumbers, corn,
peppers, herbs, and ornamentals.

(Carolyn Gregov,

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