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Publication Date: March/April 2008
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April 2008


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New Faces, Awards Received .... 3
Bits and Pieces ................. 4

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Volume 25, Number 3

University of Florida, IFAS, Citrus Research and Education Center


Dr. Madhugiri Nageswara Rao, was -" "
nominated, selected, interviewed, and --
featured as one of the Tomorrow's Principal
Investigator's: Rising Young Investigators, in a
special issue of Genome Technology Magazine
and was also featured on the cover.
Rao, a post doc for Dr. Fred Gmitter, traces
his longstanding interest in agriculture to his
childhood, when he was continually impressed
bythediversitysurrounding him.Thatfascination
stayed with him throughout his schooling, where
he studied genetic and population diversity, Dr. Madhugiri Rao
and that still plays a role today in his work with
plants of agricultural importance.
Rao has been involved in a number of programs centering on citrus. As a
participant in the International Citrus Genomics Consortium, a group working
to obtain a complete genome sequence of the fruit, Rao helped develop and
work with the BAC library of Citrus sinensis, the sweet orange, in a project to
look for particular markers. "Our team wanted to work on the whole genome
sequencing of citrus, so our lab has been involved in that," he said. That
work is being donewith standard Sanger sequencing aswell as a collaboration
See Genomics, Page 3


The American Society of Mechanical
Engineers 54th Florida Section Citrus
Engineering Conference was held here
March 20. Dr. William Miller, Professor
Emeritus of Agricultural and Biological
Engineering, received the 2008 Citrus
Engineering Award. Miller worked at CREC
for more than 30 years and developed
control systems to optimize evaporator Dr. William Miller, left, and
use plus degreening, refrigeration, and Steve Rudolph, right
fumigation of citrus. Miller also applied
instrumentation and control technologies to advance both the fresh
citrus and processing industries in Florida. The award is sponsored
by Progress Energy and a $5,000 Progress Energy Scholarship was
designated to CREC.

Check out the newest
CREC IN COLOR posters placed
around the Center: TIME!

Time you enjoyed wasting is not
a waste of time.

Samar Singh
Post Doctoral Fellow
Hometown: Karnal, India
-. Education: B.S. (Honors) in
Agriculture; M.S. in Agronomy;
Ph.D. in Agronomy, CCS,
Ha ryana Agricultural University,
Hisar, India
Research: Various aspects of
weed management in citrus
including herbicide resistance and precision
application of herbicides
Supervisor: Dr. Megh Singh
Hobbies: Reading, walking and yoga
Office Location: Building 7107, Room 2

SAntonios Tsagkarakis
Post Doctoral Associate
Hometown: Athens, Greece
Education: B.S. and M.S.
.IFll- in Plant Protection and
Environmental Science,
S/ ,- Agricultural University of
'.'. Athens; Ph.D. in Entomology,
Siii !.. Agricultural University of Athens
Research: Effect of nutrition and
host plant on Diaphorina citri
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Rogers
Hobbies: Soccer, running, mountain hiking,
walking, reading, studying and listening to music
Office Location: Building 7135, Room 26

Patricia Soria
OPS Lab Assistant
Hometown: Jacksonville,
Education: B.S. in Botany, UF
Research: Seed extractions,
bacterial cultures, co-cultivation
of explants, GUS assays, and
data collection
Supervisor: Dr. Vladimir Orbovic
Hobbies: Tennis, music, baking
Office Location: Building 7124, Room 112

Evan G. Johnson
Post Doctoral Associate
Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Education: B.A. in Biology and
Chemistry, Wabash College;
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Cornell
Research: Studying the effects
of different tomato cropping
systems on the diversity of
the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in field soils in
collaboration with Dan Chellemi at the USDA-ARS
in Ft. Pierce; Working on live-dead GFP labeling
Xanthamonas axonopodis pv. citri for examining
survival of canker bacteria on citrus tissue under
different conditions and the development of RNA
based systems for live-dead assays in naturally
infected groves.
Supervisor: Dr. Jim Graham
Hobbies: Cycling, hiking, computers, reading,
cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowball fights.
Office Location: 7124, Room 58C

Ekta Pathak
Graduate Research Assistant
Hometown: Hardwar, India
Education: B.S. in Biological
Sciences, Chinmaya Degree
College, Haridwar, India; M.S.
in Environmental Sciences,
Gurukul Kangri University,
Haridwar, India
Research: Entomopathogenic Nematodes
Supervisor: Dr. Larry Duncan
Hobbies: Sketching, nature photography and
playing the guitar
Office Location: Bldg 7124, Room 9

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2 April 2008


Cheryl Graffam
Technical Staff
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Education: B.S. degrees in r.
Education, Saint Leo University;
and Environmental Science
and Policy, University of South
Research: Assisting with lab
support activities
Supervisor: Dr. Bill Dawson
Hobbies: Rubber stamp craft, cooking and eating,
gardening, nature walks, and music
Office Location: Bldg 7124, Room 211

Qiong Ying Liu
OPS Lab Assistant
Hometown: Hainan, China
Education: Registered Nurse, College of Nursing at
Hainan University
Research: Seed extractions,
co-cultivation of explants, media
preparation, GUS assays, and
Supervisor: Dr. Vladimir Orbovic
Hobbies: Singing and dancing
Sf .. Office Location: Building 7124,
Room 112
Genomics, continued from Page 1
to use 454's next-gen sequencing platform.
He also works extensively on rootstocks, which
contribute to life span, size, and other characteristics
of citrus trees. Traditional methods to screen for these
rootstocks are time-consuming and tedious. Rao's

Recognizedfor Excellence

Dr. Dhana Raj Boina,
a CREC post doctoral
associate, has been
featured in the awards
section of the American
Chemical Society (ACS)
Agrochemicals division.
He won third place for
his poster presentation
titled 'Toxicity and mode
of action of the anion
transporter blockers
Dr. Dhana Raj Boina
against the European corn
borer' at the Fall 2007
ACS meeting in Boston, Mass. He was also awarded
an Education Grant for attending the meeting.
Boina worked on evaluation of the anion
transporters as potential target sites for insect and
nematode control for his doctoral research, where
he employed toxicological, electrophysiological,
and RNA interference techniques. At CREC, Boina
works for Drs. Stelinski and Salyani on improving
chemical control methods for the Asian Citrus Psyllid
(ACP) and testing various factors that influence
insecticides efficacy against ACP.
Founded in 1876, ACS is the world's largest scientific
society with more than 160,000 members.

available for the flower, Rao is working to understand
and analyze the genetic diversity of the genus.
Rao headed to the University of Florida from India,where
he was previously a research associate at the University
of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. The work there

research in this field has
focused on using molecular
marker approaches to
allow for rapid screening
of the key characteristics
breeders are looking for
in the citrus they will plant.
When he is not working on
citrus, Rao can be found
conducting research on
Coreopsis, the Florida
state wildflower. Relying on
data from proxy genomes,
since no sequence data is

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continued Rao's theme
of genetic diversity, and
he focused in particular
on identifying hotspots of
genetic variability as well
as on population genetics
of forest plants. Congrats,
Story Courtesy of-
Meredith Salisbury,
Genome Technology

April 3


D.jvid FLutIh. Dr Steve and Debbie
FuLtCh': on. lh.:i been named one
of eiiiht fin..lh t.e nationally for the
Ame erI can ML. eumLII of Natural
History' Youncl N.-tuLralist Award.
Futc h essay erjas based on
hi:s a 'J rjur -winninc science and
engineerincgl f. ir project, "Providing
Habitat for Tl eatened Drymarchon
David Futch coras couperi Utilizing Gopherus
polyphemus Burrows."
Futch will compete again with his drymarchon corals
project at both the 2008 State Science Fair and the
2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The State Science Fair will be held at the Lakeland
Center April 16 to 18 and the International Fair will be
held in Atlanta from May11 to 16.
Futch has researched the drymarchon for the last
four years primarily at the Historic Bok Sanctuary
located in Lake Wales.
The award is a research-based essay contest for
students in grades seven through 12 to promote
participation and communication in science. Futch, a
senior at Winter Haven High, is one of eight finalists in
the 12th grade category.

The Information Systems
Department staff members
recently attended the 2nd
Annual IT Showcase at
Polk Community College
in Lakeland. For the third
time, the very lucky, Julio
Bastidas won the door
prize. It consisted of a
Julio Bastidas Garmin GPS, the Rockstar
Programmers Book by Ed
Burns, and a Sun Microsystems backpack. At the
event, ISD gained knowledge on some of the latest
technologies, including Windows Server 2008,
Network Associates, VMWare and the famous
Windows Vista. Julio also won a free dinner at the next
Association of Information Technology Professionals
meeting. Way to go, Julio!
4 e April 2008


Did you knowthe Blood Banks of Mid-Florida need to
collect more than 15,000 pints of blood a year to meet
Eastern Polk County's needs? Donor groups, such as
the one here .it CREC. provide .-i much-needed source
of blood. Ple.-j:e co in.cler don.-tting.
The 2008 Blood Drives are scheduled for
Wednesd-y.: from 8-11 .- m The dates are:
SMay 28. AugC 6. and Oct. 22
For more inform.-tion, call Diane Bright at extension
1371. Don't forget tavit donor: receive an original
"Art for Life Series" T-shirt and a free cholesterol


Deanna, daughter of Gary Coates,
graduated from Florida Coastal
School of Law in December with
a Juris Doctorate in Entertainment
and Sports Law. She recently
completed an internship with
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers legal
department, in addition to earlier
internships with entertainment law
firms in Atlanta and Nashville. Deanna Coates
Gary is an employee ofthe Florida
Department of Citrus. Congratulations and best of
luck, Deanna!

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