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Dr. Harold W. Browning, Center Director
Citrus Research & Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299
Tel. (863) 956-1151
Fax (863) 956-4631
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In This Issue
Employees Honored ....................... 1
Service Pins ...... ........ .................. 2
Citrus Leprosis Workshop ............... 3
Dr. Deng to Bradenton ...................... 3
Holiday photos ............................. 4-5
News Around CREC
W welcome, Farewell ........................... 6
Congratulations .............................. 6
Manuscripts Submitted ................... 6
Upcoming Events ............................ 7
C alendar ....................................... 8
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Employees Honored in December
Hoyte, Baut and Wilhite Employees of the Year;
Rixman and Robertson Recognized for Service
CREC honored Angel Hoyte (top photo),
GretchenBaut (middle left) and Gary Wilhite
(middle right) as 2002 Employees of the
Year, and the FDOC recognized Lura Rixman
and Bruce Robertson for
outstanding service at the
Centerwide meeting on Dec. A
Hoyte, Baut and
Wilhite each received a
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Bruce Robertson (center), electrician in CREC's
maintenance shop, is presented with a plaque and gift basket
for outstanding service by FDOC's Dr. Joe Ahrens (left),
Scientific Research Director, and Eileen Hoobin.
cal, Administrative/Clerical and Trades
categories. Faculty, students,
postdoctoral and visiting scientists are
not eligible for the awards.
Lura Rixman, who was
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IIt Centerwide meeting, was
presented with a certifi-
cate of appreciation and
gift basket by Dr. Andy
Laurent, FDOC Deputy
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Lura Rixman (center), receptionist for the
FDOC scientific staff, is presented with a
plaque and gift basket by Dr. Ahrens and Dr.
Andy Laurent (right), FDOC Deputy Exec.
Director of Research and Development.
CREC has entered a new telephone era! See page 6 for a brief
Service pins for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 15 years of continuous service were presented at the CREC Centerwide meeting on Dec. 20 by Dale
Price (Personnel Office) and Center Director Harold Browning. Pictured below are current employees that received service pins.
25 years 25 years 20 years
Diann Achor Bruce Robertson Gary Barthe
'ectron Microscopy (Sr Electrician, (Sr Bio. Sci.,
Lab, Manager) Maintenance Shop) Dr Derrick's Lab)
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20 years 15 years 15 years
J.L. Chandler DeniseDunn Diana Drouillard
(Sr Bio. Sci., (Sr Bio. Sci., (Sr Bio. Sci.,
Dr Grosser s Lab) Dr Duncan s Lab) Dr Graham s Lab)
10 years 10 years 5 years 5 years
Cecile Robertson Kelly Morgan Mike Armstrong Mauricio Rubio
(Sr Bio. Sci., Drs. (Sci. Res. Mgr, (Coordinator, (Lab technician,
Dawson & Gamsey) Conserv II) ComputerApplic.) Dr Graham s Lab)
15 years Jimmy Willard
5 years Prabahini "Pat" Paramasivam and
Employees of the Year... from page 1
FDOC staff. Dr. Ahrens also presented Bruce Robertson
with a certificate of appreciation and a gift basket at the
Centerwide meeting on Dec. 20. Robertson is an electri-
cian in CREC's maintenance shop.
Technical Award Angel Hoyte
Angel Hoyte works with Dr. Clay McCoy. Angel is an
instrumental part of the Diaprepes root weevil project, and was
recognized for several projects, including her work in identifying
egg parasitoids of Diaprepes from field-collected material. She
has also conducted studies to define the mode of action of
second generation neonicotinoid insecticides against neonate
Diaprepes larva. This research is paving the way for further
research on the use of neonicotinoids as a pest management tool
for citrus growers. In addition, Angel works with Dr. Robin
Stuart on identifying ant predators of Diaprepes in the field. Her
many positive qualities include being hard-working, intelligent
and focused on her work.
Administrative/Clerical Award Gretchen Baut
The CREC Employee of the Year committee selected two
Administrative/Clerical Employees of the Year, as there were no
nominees for the Trades category. Gretchen Baut, CREC
photographer/graphics artist, has played a primary role in
bringing CREC into the digital photography age. Her wide range
of services includes scientific and general photography, artwork
and web design. She has established digital video capabilities at
CREC and frequently provides training and advice on digital
photography, photo-editing and other topics. In addition, she
keeps the PhotoLab equipment several scanners, printers,
cameras and computers up and running, and is constantly
learning new software and equipment to keep pace with current
technology. Gretchen blends her creativity and artistic talent
with computer and technical savvy to produce quality products
now used around the world.
Administrative/Clerical Award Gary Wilhite
Also named Administrative/Clerical Employee of the Year was
Gary Wilhite, senior engineering technician in C R E s
Information Support Department (ISD). A former CREC
Employee of the Year, Gary often works "behind the scenes" to
keep our computer network, telephone system and other critical
systems running smoothly. He played an instrumental role in the
installation and implementation of CREC's new IP telephony
system and was involved in considerable training and research
for this massive project. Gary also "saved the day" last fall when
our old telephone system crashed. He determined the cause of
the failure and worked long hours to restore the system injust a
few days. The thorough records and notes that Gary had
maintained over the years provided critical information needed
to reprogram the phone system, saving days of additional work.
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Over 60 scientists, including plant pathologists,
acarologists, entomologists and regulatory scientists
gathered at CREC for a workshop on the citrus leprosis
virus and its mite vector, Brevipalpus, on Dec. 4-5. Citrus
leprosis is not a problem in Florida but it is a major disease
of sweet oranges in South and Central America. The mite
vectors of the virus do occur in Florida, however, so there" ,-
is concern that the virus would spread if it were introduced
into our state. Among the topics of discussion were virus
and Brevipalpus biology, the disease situation in Brazil and other Central American countries and research needs.
Top left, a group photo of workshop participants; bottom right, Dr. Ron Brlansky (CREC), Dr. Ronald Ochoa (USDA-Agricultural
Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland), and Dr. Carl Childers (CREC), workshop organizer. Dr. Childers, who conducts research on
Brevipalpus and other mite pests, was the workshop organizer.
Dr. Zhanao Deng (left) with Dr. Fred
Gmitter (center) and wife, Ying Hong
Wang. Dr. Deng is now UF Assistant
Professor of Environmental Horticul-
ture at the Gulf Coast REC in
New IFAS Faculty
Dr. Zhanao Deng, formerly anAssistant-In Citrus Molecular Genetics and Biology at
CREC with Dr. Fred Gmitter, assumed a new position as UF Assistant Professor of Environ-
mental Horticulture at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GFREC) in
Bradenton. Dr. Deng will develop a horticulture, floriculture and breeding program that will
involve caladium and Gerbera daisy breeding and variety trials.
Dr. Deng received his B.S. from the Department of Horticulture at Sichuan Agricultural
University in China, and his M. S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from Huazong Agricultural
University in Wuhan, China. He was on the faculty of Huazong Agricultural University
from 1988-1993, and subsequently came to CREC as a postdoctoral researcher. He worked
for two years at the University of Alberta as a postdoc and returned to CREC in 1998.
To see more information on the ornamental horticulture program at the GFREC, visit
http://vtgcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/pages/omamental research_programs.htm. Dr. Deng's new
telephone number is (941) 751-7636 and his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SThe Gmitter lab gathered to wish Dr. Deng and
Ying Hong farewell and best wishes on Dec. 13.
From left to right: Mirko Siragusa, Jaime
Purugganan, Ying Hong Wang, Margie Wendell,
Ling Wang, Zhanao Deng, Fred Gmitter, Misty
Holt, Huang Shu, Zhanao Deng, Qifa Zheng and
Photos by Gretchen Baut.
A Very Citrusy Christmas ...
Citrus fruit was available during the holidays and has been throughout the fruit season, compliments of CREC. In December, citrus was
delivered to the UF campus in Gainesville, the MidFlorida REC inApopka (who gave us houseplants for the Dec. 13 party) and the Gulf
Coast REC on Bradenton (who gave us tomatoes). ABIG thank you to CR EC s grove crew, packinghouse and pilot plant crews and the
maintenance shop for the harvesting, cleaning, packing and delivery of the fruit.
Packinghouse Crew: Tom Robnett, Bob Hoobin and Tam Nguyen; Pilot Plant Crew: Tommy Long, Virgil Stewart and Merritt Daughtery
Grove Crew: Troy Gainey, Lamar Odom, BillAlexander, Michael Clock, Robert Kleber, Phillip Mitchell and Rommel Rubio.
Facilities/Maintenance: Roxy Hoover, Diamond Basnaw, Glenn Craddock, Sherry Cunningham, Joe Creekbaum, Michael Daughtery,
Perry Love, Bruce Robertson, Kevin Troelson, Dan Tuzzolo, Wayne Tyler, Jim Vaughn and Terry Daghita.
Dr. Russ Rouseff (left) was the 1st place winner in the
Holiday Party dessert contest with his tropical trifle.
Eileen Albright (right) won 1st place in the hours
d'oeuvres contest with her herbed cheesecake. Win-
ners won $25 gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse.
Below, L to R: 2nd place desserts, Mike Armstrong,
tiramisu; 2nd place hors d'oeuvres, Kathy Snyder, hot
crab dip; 3rd place winner in both desserts and hours
d'oeuvres, Dr. Shila Singh, butter pecan cake and
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It was a festive and fun atmosphere at ( R EC s Holiday Party on Dec. 13. Left: Jamielyn Daughtery was the winner of the icebreaker
game. Middle left: Drs. Jackie Burns and Ed Exteberria enjoy the festivities. The Postharvest and Processing working group
organized the party this year, with Dr. Russ Rouseff in charge. Dr. Bums was in charge of entertainment and Dr. Exteberria organized
the food committee. Middle right: Kathy and Dr. Bill Miller, who headed the decorations committee, surrounded by some of the
festive party decorations. Right: The decorations looked good enough to eat, according to Roy Sweeb.
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Music, food and fellowship were aplenty. Left to right, Jerry Dunn (husband of Denise Dunn) and fellow musicians provided musical
entertainment; middle left, dinner included smoked turkey and potluck goodies; middle right, Dr. Ken Derrick looks over the crowd;
and right photo (L to R), Dr. Sachindra Mondal, Glen Dreher and Curt Colburn. Photos by Gretchen Baut and M. Lewandowski.
Tis the season for Santa and... lot of reasons to smile! Left: Dr. Rongcai Yuan's son, William, and middle left, Dr. Fred Gmitter's
daughter Kacie spend some time with Santa (Jack Smoot). Middle right: from left to right, Gabriela Ibarra (daughter of Lorrie
Friedrich), Brent (front) and Devin Butts (grandchildren of Shelby Graham), Heidi and Molly Grosser (daughters of Jude Grosser),
standing in back, Heidi and Molly's friend Leisa Englert, and Alexei Danyluk (son of Greg Danyluk and Peggy Sieburth). Right photo:
Dr. Lorenzo Zacarias (standing,) Drs. Jaime Cubero, MariaAngelesAyllon, Elisabeth Knapp, Ana Redondo, Fernando Alferez and
Zenaida Viloria. Special thanks to Gretchen Baut, who set up the photo shoot at the party.
To Grandmother's House We Go...
Women on the first floor of Building 24 ("Admin") and in Building 03 (directly west of BHG) hosted a luncheon on Dec. 18 in
"Grandma's Holiday Kitchen" complete with handmade crafts and homemade food. The many smiles below indicate a good time was
had by all! Photos by Gretchen Baut and Monica Lewandowski.
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BHG was transformed into "grandmother's house" with a
fireplace and kitchen. Diana Drouillard and the luncheon
committee provided decorations.
Hostesses Diane Bright (above) and Jeannette Barnes & Diana Drouillard.
Nancy Burke passes out name tags to Elisabeth Knapp and Barbara Thomp-
son (back). Diane Bright serves as luncheon committee chairman.
Cindy Holbrook (left) and Mrs.
L to R: Tammy Flannery, Marjie Cody, Yehong Xu, Lura
Rixman and Eileen Hoobin.
Lou Ellen Hedley (left) and
Kathy Witherington and Pam Russ.
Cecile Robertson and Rachel Dr. Hong Li. Dawn and Patricia Brickman.
NEWS ROUN CRE
Nicolas Feagle OPS (Dr. Brlansky)
Amy Lane Sr. Biologist (Dr. Childers)
Sandy Barros Research Scientist, FDOC
Dr. Jianchi Chen Research Scientist, FDOC
Kenneth Hagan OPS (Dr. Albrigo)
Tracey Bassett OPS (Dr. Syvertsen)
Congratulations to Margie Wendell on the birth of her
grandson, Noah Timothy Wendell, born on Jan. 1, 2003, to
Rebecca Deeann Wendell. The New Year's Day birth was the
second in the family, as Rebecca's cousin also gave birth to a
baby girl that day in Lakeland.
to Mauricio and Lillian -
Rubio on the birth of their
son, Mauricio Josu
Rubio, born Dec. 1, 2002!
Ring, ring! New Phone System
CREC has implemented a new Cisco IP Phone system and
digital service. Our phone numbers remain (863) 956-1151 for
Central Switchboard, and (863) 956-4311 to reach our "auto-
mated attendant." The automated attendant allows you to dial
extensions directly or search for names if the extension number is
unknown. CREC/IFAS extension numbers are now 1 + old
extension number. The CREC Switchboard extension is 1011.
Suncom numbers have changed, however, and CREC is
accessible via these 4 direct Suncom lines:
515-8913: Central switchboard; basic automated
attendant when the switchboard is unattended;
515-8921: Automated attendant;
515-8930: CenterDirector's office;
515-8931: Business Office FAX.
Old 533-xxxx Suncom numbers will soon be out of service.
The new phones offer features such as a directory of CREC
employees, a history of missed calls, speaker phone, conference
call capability, call transfer, redial, call forwarding and an exten-
sive collection of optional ring sounds. Seek assistance from
CREC's Information Support Dept. group for a demonstration of
Manuscripts Submitted to the Publications Committee in December -
(as of Dec. 19):
J. P. Syvertsen, C. Goni, and A. Otero. Fruit Load and Shading Affect Leaf Photosynthesis and Carbohydrate Status in 'Spring' Novel
Orange Trees. Tree Physiology.
J. P.Agostini, P. M. Bushong,A. Bhatia, and L. W. Timmer. Effect of Environmental Factors on the Severity of Citrus Scab and Melanose.
A. Bhatia and L. W. Timmer. Evaluation of Products for the Control of Altemaria Brown Spot onMinneola Tangelos, 2002. Fungicide and
A. Bhatia and L. W. Timmer. Evaluation of Products for the Control of Citrus Greasy Spot on Grapefruit and Oranges, 2001-02. Fungicide
and Nematicide Tests.
A. Bhatia and L. W. Timmer. Evaluation of Products for Control of Citrus Scab on Temple Tangor, 2002. Fungicide andNematicide Tests.
N.A.R. Peres and L. W. Timmer. Evaluation of Products for the Control of Postbloom Fruit Drop (PFD) in Screenhouse and Field Trials,
2001. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests.
N.A.R. Peres, N. L. Souza, T. L. Peever, and L. W. Timmer. Benomyl Sensitivity of Isolates of Colletotrichum acutatum and C.
gloeosporioides from Citrus. Plant Disease.
R S. Buker HI, B. Rathinasabapathi,W. M. Stall, G MacDonald, and S. M. Olson. Response of Tomato and Pepper Acetolactate Synthase
to Sulfonylurea Herbicides. Weed Science.
G Y. Zhong and J. K. Burns. Profiling Ethylene-Regulated Gene Expression inArabidopsis thaliana by Microarray Analysis. The Plant
L. W. Duncan, D. C. Dunn, G Bague, and K. Nguyen. Competition Between Entomopathogenic and Free-Living Bactivorous Nematodes
in Larvae of the Weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus. Journal oJ ... ,,, I i.
W. S. Castle. Research Update on Earlygold, Itaborai, Ruby, and Westin Sweet Oranges. Citrus Industry Magazine.
G Barry, W. S. Castle, F. Davies, and R Littell. Variability in Juice Quality of 'Valencia' Sweet Orange and Sample Size Estimation for Juice
Quality Experiments. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences.
"Power of Feedback" Jan. 13 BHG 3-4 1-4 pm
This is a Supervisory Challenge Core Course and will be presented by Jodi Gentry, Assistant Director for Training and Development,
UF Division of Human Resources. In this workshop, you'll learn how to deliver effective feedback about job performance and work-
related behavior. You'll also review how to formalize your feedback using UF's appraisal process, including how to conduct the
Accessing UF/IFAS Solutions from Your Personal Computer
- A Workshop for Citrus Growers Jan. 22, 2003 9:30 am 1:30 pm
Want an easier way to find solutions to problems? Want to spend less time looking for information on the internet? Dr. Richard Buker,
CREC's Citrus Extension Specialist, is conducting an internet workshop in BHG Rooms 3-4 on Jan. 22. Buker and Tom Hintz, Associate
Director of UF/IFAS Information Technologies, will offer instruction on using internet resources for citrus growers and an in-depth look
at websites for citrus, weather and other agricultural information. Computers will be provided for this hands-on training session.
According to Buker, the first session of the morning will include material for beginning computer users, and the mid-morning and
afternoon sessions will offer information for more experienced internet users. Participants may choose to attend sessions pertinent to
their areas of interest. As an added bonus, a CD with citrus resources from the UF/IFAS EDIS website (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/) will be
given to all participants. The registration fee is $7 and includes lunch and the CD. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Contact Dr. Richard Buker, tel. e\t iinion I 211, e-mail: i sb I l h il du
Some Upcoming Events at CREC
March 20, 2003. Citrus Engineering Conference, sponsored by the Florida Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Contact: Dr. Ren6e Goodrich.
April 2, 2003. Diaprepes Task Force Scientific Meeting andjoint meeting with the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association.
Contact: Dr. Clay McCoy.
April 15-16, 2003. "Healthy Trees in a New Era A Citrus Nursery Workshop." Contact: Dr. Pete Timmer. Speakers from Florida,
California and Spain will address the budwood program, control of soil-borne and foliar diseases and exotic diseases. Displays and
presentations on equipment and supplies for nursery production.
In conjunction with the citrus nursery workshop, a field trip to Brazil's citrus region is being planned during the week of April 20-26,
2003. The trip will include visits to citrus nurseries and opportunities to see exotic diseases such as black spot, leprosis and citrus
variegated chlorosis (CVC). The Brazil trip will be limited to 25 people plus field trip guides. For more information on the citrus nursery
workshop and/or the field trip to Brazil, contact Pete Timmer at Ext. 1267 or e-mail: 1\ i i h LII ull cdu Event information will also be posted
on the interest at: www.lal.ufl.edu/timmer
August 21,2003. Citrus Packinghouse Day. Contact: Drs. Bill Miller, Ren6e Goodrich or Mark Ritenour (IRREC).
October 16,2003. Citrus Processors Day and Subtropical Technology Conference. Contact: Dr. Ren6e Goodrich, Tel. (863) 956-1151; e-
mail: rmg @lal.ufl.edu.
Citrus Pest Management Course in Spring
Citrus Pest Management (PMA 5205) will be offered at
CREC for the Spring 2003 term. It is a graduate-level course
(3.0 units) for students and citrus industry personnel working
in pest management. The course reviews the latest tactics
and strategies available to manage diseases and arthropod,
nematode and weed pests of citrus. Emphasis is given to
techniques by which pest and disease organisms are
monitored and how this information is used to effectively
manage pests with the least risk to the environment.
The course is coordinated by Dr. Larry Duncan.
University credit (3.0) or audit credit. CEU's will be offered.
Dates/Time: Thursdays, Jan. 9 April 29,2003; 3 6 p.m.
Textbook: Citrus Health Management (APS Press). L.W
Timmer and Larry W. Duncan, editors. Written by 26 citrus
specialists, Citrus Health Management was designed
specifically for this course.
Registration: Registration cost for Citrus Pest Management
(PMA 5205; Section no. 4812) is $538.05 for Florida residents.
Registration procedures are outlined on the UF/IFAS Distance
Education website (disted.ifas.ufl.edu/registration/
For registration assistance, contact Monica Lewandowski at
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