VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
SSOLITIIWEST FLORIDA RESEARCH
Center Director's Corner
Inside this issue:
Indian Delegation Visit 1
Staff News 2
Citrus Expo Report 3
Upcoming Events 4
The SWFREC was proud to host an important group of visitors this past July,
when several scientists from India toured UF/IFAS water-related projects in the
state. The Indian .1 1, ;-, r.... was part of a research project funded by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is bringing t.. rl,. I scientists from
the University of Florida and three universities in India to work on agricultural -.... -.-.** -
water management issues. f
As part of the project, which is a component of the USDA-AG Knowledge India
tive and is also coordinated by
the International Crops and
Research Institute for the
Semi-Arid Tropics in India,
several UF/IFAS deans and
faculty members traveled to
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Sanjay Shukla (right).
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sities to work in these areas with UF.
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visit to the center and provided an overvi ,t *,,,Iri ,1 ....i. *r ui, ".i.L
Florida and water-related issues that grow l ,1 ,LL. lin addmirijii, ,u a i ,-
tors had the opportunity to speak with several SWFREC faculty members about other joint project possi-
bilities. Water resources scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla and engineer Jimmy Knowles took the group into the
field for an up-close look at their program's lysimeter project.
The visit was deemed an overall success, and both UF and the Indian scientists look forward to developing
this project further.
SWFREC Staff News
After successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Kamal Mahmoud participated in gradua-
tion ceremonies on the UF campus in Gainesville in August. He currently is continuing work with
SWFREC soil and water scientist Dr. Kelly Morgan.
Post-doctoral research associate Fouad Jaber, who has worked with SWFREC water resources
scientist Dr. Sanjay Shukla for the past five years, has accepted a position as assistant professor/
extension with Texas A & M University. He will begin work in October in the school's Biological
and Agricultural Engineering Department and will work out of the Urban Solutions Center in
Dallas. Dr. Jaber's areas of emphasis will include management of groundwater, surface water
resources, storm water, and rainfall; evaluation of stream processes and hydraulics to foster imple-
Drs. Mahmoud (center) and mentation of stream restoration programming; prediction of availability and sustainability of water
Morgan (left). resources; and -1.,r..; the potential for enhancement of water resources through implementa-
tion of water management strategies such as water conservation, storm water management, desali-
nization, and wastewater reuse.
Soil and water scientist Dr. Ed Hanlon recently was elected to two board posts: a board of direc-
tors member of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council and vice-president of the Southwest
Florida Resource Conservation and Development Council. Dr. Hanlon also participated in the UF
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Symposium last month in Gainesville. His master's-level
course, "Environmental Soil, Water, and Land Use," began in August for the fall UF term and
incorporates techniques he acquired from the symposium.
SWFREC maintenance mechanic and hazardous materials supervisor Roger McGill completed
OSHA Level 5: On-scene Incident Commander training at the 13th Annual Environmental Man-
agement and Chemical Spill Response Training Seminar this summer in Key West. The confer-
ence was conducted by United Agri Products to satisfy hazardous waste operations and emergency
response requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Recent presentations by SWFREC faculty and staff:
Jawwad Qureshi, assistant research professor: "Management Plan for Asian Citrus Psyllid"-Citrus
Production Managers training, SWFREC, Immokalee; "Evaluation of Rate, Placement, and Timing on
Roger McGill (left) completes Effectiveness of Aldicarb Applications for Control of Asian Citrus Psyllid (Homoptera: Psyllidae) in
a drill during hazardous mate- Citrus"-Florida Entomological Society annual meeting, Sarasota; and "Impact of Dormant Sprays on
rials training. Asian Citrus Psyllid Diaphorina citri (Homoptera: Psyllidae) and its Natural Enemies in Citrus"-Florida
Entomological Society annual meeting, Sarasota.
Dr. Kelly Morgan, soil and water scientist: "Citrus Water Requirements: "Linking Irrigation Schedul-
ing and Fertilizer Strategies"-Florida State Horticultural Society annual meeting, Palm Beach Gar-
dens; and "Validation of a Web-based Irrigation Scheduling Tool for Citrus Using Daily ET"-Florida
Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers conference, St. Petersburg.
Dr. Morgan also organized and moderated a workshop, "Controlled Release Fertilizer Technology for
Vegetable Production," at the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences in
Scottsdale, AZ. During the workshop, he made a presentation titled "Slow and Controlled Release
S Fertilizer Release Rates and Strategies for Their Use in Vegetable Production."
Refereed articles, EDIS documents, and trade journal articles recently or soon to be published:
S Morgan, K.T. and E.A. Hanlon. 2007. Improving Citrus Nitrogen Uptake Efficiency: Linking Citrus
--. Irrigation Management to Citrus Fertilizer Practices. EDIS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS466.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
SWFREC Staff News (cont.)
Morgan, K.T. and T.A. Wheaton. 2007. Effects of Reclaimed Municipal Waste Water on Horticultural
Ratings, Fruit Quality, and Soil and Leaf Nutrient Content of Citrus Grown in Central Florida. HortScience
(to be published).
Roka, F. and R. Ehsani. 2007. Labor Savings from New Technologies. Citrus Industry 88(7): 10-11.
Sato, S. and K.T. Morgan. 2007. Relationship of Nitrogen Recovery and Transformation From a Surface
and Subsurface Application of Controlled-Release Fertilizer on a Sandy Soil. Journal of Plant Nutrition (to
Main, M., Ceilley, D., and Stansly, P. 2007. Freshwater Fish Assemblages in Isolated South Florida Wet-
lands. Southeastern Naturalist 6(2):343-350.
Main, M. and G. Allen. 2007. Seasonal and Habitat Influences on Avifauna of an Agricultural Impoundment
in Southwest Florida: Results of a Five-Year Monitoring Program. Florida Scientist 70(3):219-240.
Rouse, R. and S. Futch. 2007. Trimming the Fat. Florida Grower 100(8):24-25.
Citrus Expo Draws Record Crowds
Nearly 3,000 citrus growers, managers, and industry representatives attended the 16th Annual Citrus Expo
this past August at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. The two-day event proved highly successful and
included a sold-out exhibit hall and standing-room-only seminar hall.
More than 150 exhibitors shared information about their products and services with Expo attendees, and the
seminar program, coordinated in part by SWFREC citrus horticulturalist Dr. Bob Rouse, was packed full of
pertinent citrus-related information. Citrus greening and citrus canker diseases dominated the first day's
lineup, while advanced production systems and new grove design possibilities highlighted day two. Among
the wide array of top-notch presenters were Juliano Ayres with Fundecitrus in Brazil; Andrew Beattie with
the University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Rian Briedenhann with Tearson Ltd. in
South Africa; Graham Barry, a citrus specialist also from South Africa; and Jim McFerson with the Washing-
ton Stqtp TrPP Fruit RPe rch Conmmission.
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Two booths at the 16th Annual Citrus Expo included one promoting the UF/IFAS Citrus Me-
chanical Harvesting and Abscission program (left), at which educational coordinator Barbara
Hyman shares information with a grower, and one promoting SWFREC research and extension
programs (above), where media coordinator Julie Carson and Hyman handed out materials.
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October 10: Certified Crop Advisor Training. 7:30am-6pm, SWFREC (via videoconference). Soil/water .
management, 5 CEUs; Crop management, 5 CEUs. $100 registration fee ($120 at door) payable to: Citrus
Research and Education Center in care of Anita Whitaker, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL
33850. For more information and to register online, visit http://www. crec.ifas.ufl.edu/CCA.
October 23: Citrus Squeezer Seminar: Citrus Greening Identification & Worker Survey Training. 9:30am-12pm,
SWFREC. Restricted pesticide, 2.5 CEUs; Certified crop advisors, 2.5 CEUs. For more information and
to RSVP, phone the Hendry County Cooperative Extension office at 863-674-4092.
November 7: Certified Pile Burners Course. 8:30am-4:30pm, SWFREC. $50 registration fee payable to:
Lake County Extension office in care of Ryan Atwood, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, FL 32778. For more
information and to register, phone the Hendry County Cooperative Extension office at 863-674-4092.
November 20: Citrus Squeezer Seminar: Topic to be announced. 10am-lpm, SWFREC. For more infor-
mation and to RSVP, phone the Hendry County Cooperative Extension office at 863-674-4092.
Late November/early December: SWFREC Fall Vegetable Field Day. Date to be announced. Check
SWFREC Web site for updates: http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu.