i UNIVERSITY OF
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Harold W. Browning, Center Directi
Citrus Research & Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299
Tel 18 ]1 So.t115
Fax (863) 956-4631
In This Issue
Construction & Facilties Changes .... 1
Staff Meeting June 14........................... 1
CREC Shirts for Sale..................... 1
Congratulations .......................... 24
May A Busy Month
Awards. Farewells & Birthdays ..... 5
Citrus Research & Education
Foundation News ............................. 6
Photos from FACTS .............. .. 6
News Around CREC
Welcome, Farewell .................. 7
Manuscripts Submitted ................ 7
Info & Training Seminars .......... 7
Calendar ...................................... 8
Special Congratulations to
our employees and their
families on pages 2-4.
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From The Director
Construction, Facilities Changes
In CREC's Future
by Dr. Harold Bru, intil. Center Director
A lot of facilities
changes are taking
place at the Center in
the interest of upgrad-
ing and impro\ ing the
environment that we all
work in each day.
Recent changes that
have occurred include
the replacement of the
windows in the south
portions of the admin-
istration building on
both floors. A nice
change' Also, the
replacement of the
The paint shop, agricultural engineering and
maintenance shops (above) and the pole barn
on the west side of the Center were demol-
ished to make way for new structures.
lighting and ceiling in
the lower lobby and halls in 7124 has
improved the interior looks as well Many
other changes to the facilities are in the
planning and will take place within the next
few months, outlined below.
Demolition of the paint shop, agricul-
rural engineering and maintenance shops.
and the pole bham on the west side of
campus hae occurred. Follow ing issuance
of permits, a new
facilir \%ill be built on
the road to the farm
operations area. In
addition, a new
ing building ill be
building 10 in place
of the buildings being
removed and it will be
joined by a building to
house clean dry
storage for programs
and support of the
Center. Also included here will be fertilizer
and chemical waste storage facilities
Repair and repainting of several of the
major buildings on the campus will occur
this summer, and this will complement the
changes made with the installation and
excellent maintenance of the new land-
scape Sprucing up of Ben Hill Griffin is
.Xc Facilities Change.% page 7
Staff meeting June 14 3:00 pm
There i, a CR.EC Staff meeting on June 11 in BHG Room 2 at 3.00 pm. Dr. Harold
Browning w ill pro \de some additional details about our facilities, the budget and what the
budget w ill mean to personnel and other aspects at CREC. The floor will be open for staff
questions and discussion The meeting is meant to be a forum for staff, and faculty are
asked not to attend
CREC T-Shirts, Golf Shirts For Sale!
Orders for CREC T-shirts and polo t pe Golf shins are being taken at the CREC Switch-
board Golf shin $21 and I .shirts 512 Seteral colors available view catalogs at the
Switthhoard for colors and logo stLle 4- ask Nancy Burke or Kathy Wtthennglon
Place your order t'\ JIUNE 10 at the Switchboard to receive your shins by the end of June.
Order.i submitted after June 10 Aill be ready at the end of Jul'
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Congratulations to our outstanding employees and their families on this
year's accomplishments and events we are proud of you!
Raul Villanueva completed his Ph.D. from
~ -the University of Florida in
May. Raul, who worked
with Dr. Carl Childers, is
headed to a post-doctoral
position at North Carolina
State's Mountain Horticul-
tural Crops Research Station in Fletcher
-" (near beautiful Ashland, NC). He will work
on various acarine species on apple in their
evolving efforts to develop an IPM program.
Rebecca Burke, granddaughter
of CREC Receptionist Nancy Burke.
graduated May 21 from Haines City
High School. She was 30th in her class
of 368 with a grade point a erage of3.69.
Rebecca also attends Polk Community
College. where she is pursuing a degree
in PhNsical therapy. Rebecca works at
CREC in Dr. Widmer's FDOC lab and
at Savannah's Steak House.
Jeff Browning, son of Center Director
Harold and Nancy Browning. graduated
from Auburndale High School as Valedict-
orian, and addressed the class of approxi-
mately 300 during graduation ceremonies on
May 20, Jeff had a cumulative grade point
average of 4.4 and plans to continue at CREC
during the summer in OPS status, working for
Dr. Grosser, before enrolling at UF this fall.
He is the recipient of a National Merit
Scholarship through UF and a Florida Bright
Futures Scholarship, and ill probably pursue
biology. His outside interests include playing
the bass guitar, inline skating and art. Family
and friends are very proud of Jeff for his
son of Jeannette Barnes
(Nigg lab), graduated
from George Jenkins High
School on May 20.
Jonathon, who was in the
high school band and is
also in a rock band, plays
electric guitar, drums and
the saxophone. He will
attend Polk Community
College this fall.
Auournuaie nign ac
Browning and Kaija E
of Harold and Nancy I
in the Grosser lab, an
the Nigg lab.
Eve Weiss. CREC graduate -
student working with Dr. Robert r
Braddock, was one of four graduate L
student finalists chosen to present her
research at the American Chemical .
Society National Meeting .
Agricultural and Food Chemistry- -
Division in Orlando in April. As a
finalist, she received paid travel
expenses for the meeting.
Weiss is studying for a M.S. in
Food Science and Human Nutrition
and will graduate in August. Her research involves the study of
halogenated compounds in cold pressed orange oil, a citrus
processing by-product used for navorings This month. she will
present her research in a poster presentation at the Institute of
Food Technologists Annual Meeting in Anaheim.
Katja Blythe graduated from
Auburndale High School (AHS) with
Highest Honors on May 20, where she was
a member of the National
Honor Society and served
as President of the AHS
Students of America. She
-i also received Super
Achievement awards in
Health Science and Social Studies. Katja. who
has been working in Dr. Nigg's lab since 2000,
will attend the University of South Florida to
study psychoanalysis. This summer, she plans
on going skydiving and traveling to Texas.
hool grads Jeff Megan Crum graduated from Winter
lythe. Jeff, son Haven High School (WHHS). She's been
Browning, works working in Dr. Nigg's lab since last
d Katja works in November, and last summer she worked for
Dr. Dou in the FDOC. Megan was a member
Sof the National
Honor Society and on the student council,
and was voted -"Mosi Intellectual" at the
prom. She received a Silver Chord award for
volunteer work and was on WHHS's cross
country and track teams. Megan, who will
attend the Burnett Honors College at the
University of Central Florida (UCF),
received scholarships from the Florida Bright
Futures Scholarship Program and UCF. This
summer, besides working at CREC. she plans
a trip to California and will attend a running
camp in North Carolina.
Ma rk Pobjecky, who works for
Dr. Brlansky, graduated from Lake Re-
gion High School in May. He received
a Superintendent's Scholarship, which
is awarded to the top 2.8% of Polk
County graduates, and also received
numerous writing contest awards from
the Polk County Teachers of English.
Last year he was one of 1400 students
selected to attend the U.S. Naval
Academy's Summer Seminar in An-
napolis, Maryland. Mark will attend
Florida State in the fall, and is leaning toward majoring in litera-
ture and eventually pursuing a law degree.
Sylvia Schumn ann. 9th-grade daughter of Dr. Arnold and
Rhonda Schumann received an academic letter from Auburndale
High School for top twenty G PA in her class. Sylvia also earned
an athletic letter for swimming this year. Sylvia won I st place in
the Winter Haven Optimists Club-sponsored essay and oratory
contests earlier this year, and her original poem, "Performance
SI ." was selected by the Polk Council of Teachers of English for
publication in its annual anthology. Dr. Arnold Schumann is a
UF faculty member at CRPEC and Rhonda works in Dr. Nigg's
Cunningham. son of
(Facilitie.), graduated from
the Community College of
the Finger Lakes in
Canandaigua, New York
last December. He is
computer technology at the
University of Buffalo.
of Deanna Threlkeld (Dr.
Childers lab), is pictured
with her dad and softball
coach. Brooke played
shortstop for Marty's
Professional Lawn Care
softball team. She was
Most Valuable Player and
named to the Miss
Aubumdale Softball (t-
ball) All Star team, which
won first place in a
tournament in May.
daughter of Bob & Eileen
Hoobin. graduated from Georgia
Southern University on May 4th
with a B.S. in Criminal Justice
and a minor in Psychology.
Shannan will be working with the
Georgia Department of Law
Enforcement in the Investigations
Division for Children and plans
on pursuing her Masters Degree at
Georgia Southern in the Spring.
Bob works in the Packinghouse
and Eileen works for Dr. Ahrens
in the FDOC.
Janenn Rose Craddock,
daughter of Glenn Craddock
(Maintenance Shop), graduated
from Kathleen High School on May 9. To the right is her
daughter Jewelia. born February 20. Jewelia is Grandpa
Glenn's first granddaughter.
Drew Flynn, son of Richard and Karla
Flynn (Word Processing), received an award
for the Fastest Mile in the 3rd grade and a Presi -
dential Physical Fitness Award at All Saints'
Academy (ASA). Drew is pictured, left, at the
(right photo), Rich-
ard and Karla
Flynn's daughter, received a medal
from ASA for earning all A's her 5th
grade year. She also received ASA's
highest achienemeni. The National So-
ciety of the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution Good Citizenship
Award for Honor, Service, Courage, Leadership and Patriotism.
In addition, she received medals for the Wordmasters Challenge
Top Score and Order of the Golden Cross, was runner-up in the
"What Freedom Means to Me" speech contest, received a Safety
Patrol Merit Service Award, and received recognition for the
Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay
Contest and journalistic contribution to the student newspaper.
She was a member of Junior Voices of ASA and the Continental
Mathematics League and received a National Physical Fitness
A -. 4
w arM _.
Bradley Drouillard, son
ofGreg and Diana Drouillard
(Graham lab), graduated from
kindergarten. At his "graduation
ceremonies", he received the sole
top honor of "Reading for the
Gold" amongst his classmates.
Bradley is excited about entering
the 1st grade this fall!
Meshach Cuyler, grandson of Nadine
Cuyler, graduated from kindergarten at Mrs.
Dr. Herb Nigg and
Sarah Nowman took first
place as an amateur couple in
rumba, cha cha, waltz and swing
at the U.S. Pro/Amateur Ballroom
Dance Championships in Tampa
on May 26. Sarah took six firsts
in rumba, cha cha, waltz and
swing as a pro-amateur
couple, and Dr. Nigg
took 10 firsts in
rumba, cha cha,
foxtrot, waltz, swing
and merengue as a c
Congratulations to Dr. J.P.
Michaud and Angie Grant,
who got married at Bok Tower
in Lake Wales on April 28. Dr.
Michaud is an entomologist at
the Center and Angie works for
Dr. J. Bums.
Dr. Wenwu Guo (Dr. Grosser's lab) and his wife, Kaili Peng
(above) have a baby daughter, Pengqing Guo, born February 23
in Wuhan, China. Dr. Guo went to China for the birth and was
there for 5 weeks. Kaili went back to China last year to com-
plete her master's degree and hopes to return to Florida later this
granddaughter of Dr. Jodie
t and Joyce Whitney, is pic-
tured having fun in her
"Tiggerific Tunnel" that she
received for her 2nd birth-
day. Meagan celebrated her
birthday with her parents,
Susan and Jeff Whitney, and
her grandparents in Dubuque
Iowa, where Jeff is employed
by John Deere.
Alyssa Tiara Boyd,
shown with Great Grandma
Peggy Bernard (custodial
department was born May 1 to
Sheena and Toni Boyd.
Alyssa weighed 9 lb. 9 oz. and
was 22 in. long
Merry Month of May A Busy One..
UF Award to Dale Price
Dale Price from CREC's Personnel Office was presented with a
UF Superior Accomplishment Award on April 29 at an IFAS
reception on the Gainesville campus. This program recognizes
excellence in university service Dale was one of 23 persons within
IFAS selected for this recognition. Award winners receive a
monetan prize, a certificate, a commemorative coffee mug set
and were considered for University-wide recognition. Dale was
also invited to the UF Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony
Son. ,t nI.IrMI-'zmI
Dr. Jodie Whitney was
presented with a 40-year pin and a
Certificate of Appreciation at the state
meeting of the American Society of
Agricultural Engineers in Key Largo
on May 9. Dr. \k hlrnev joined the
organization in 1962 while pursuing
his Master's degree at Pennsy I. ania
Dr. Jing Jing
Yang. a chemist
who worked with
Dr. Nigg, left
C REC for a new
position with a
company in New
husband, also a
Ph.D. chemist, got
a job in Boston.
Above, at the Annual UF/IFAS Superior Accomplishment
Awards ceremony at the UF campus in Gainesville, left to
right: Susan Hudson from UF's Division of Human
Resource,. award recipient Dale Price with his wife, Beni
Jean, and Dr. Harold Browning.
Happy Birthday to ...
CREC's Business Office, left CREC for
a position at IBM in the Tampa/St.
Petersburg area. Pat has been working
towards her MBA degree from the
University of South Florida and was
planning to graduate in June. She was
presented with an attache case as a
farewell gift at CREC on May 9.
<- Dr. Alexey
Filimonov (Dr Daw,,in
lab) on May 10.
Roxy Hoover, CREC FactilItle.
celebrates his May birthday sur-
rounded by co-workers. Stnding next
to Roxy is Sherry Cunningham.
S According to the cake, Roxy is
Kanjana Mahattanatawee cel-
ebrated her birthdayy week" by preparing
Thai feasts for friends around the Center.
Left photo, from left to right: Chip R.'ueIll.
Renee Dreher, Glenn Dreher, Fahiem Elborai
Kora, Kanjana Mahattanatawee (front),
Filomena Valim (middle row). Monica
Lewandowski (front), Dennis Lewandowski
(back), Mike Blaze, Jack Smoot and Russ
Rouseff. Lower right photo, left to right:
Jill McDonald, Kanjana, Wes Borgne, Roy
Sweeb, and last but not least, the photogra-
pher, Gretchen Baut.
CRE Foundation Elects Neiswanger President
Foundation links CREC with Industry
The Citrus Research and Education
Foundation (CREF) elected John
Neis anger as President of the CREF
Board of Directors at their Annual
Meeting on May 20, replacing William
Barber, who served as President from
2000-2002. Harold McTeer was re-
elected as Vice-President and J.B. Buster
Pratt was re-elected as Secretary-
Treasurer. Other members of the Board
of Directors include Bobby F. McKown,
Ellis Hunt, Jr., Andy Lavigne, Bert
Harris, Richard L. Jones and Christine T.
'\ add ll. Harold Browning is the
Champ Tunno (L)
and Harold McTeer
Photos by G. Baut.
Lunch at the CREF
SBert Harris, Larry J
Charlie Hendrix, J
King and Bill Grie
The CREF was
incorporated in 1999 to
provide a communications .
link between CREC and the
citrus industry and to
support CREC Research.
Education and Extension
programs CRFF projects
workshops and seminars for
the citrus industry, such as
Citrus Packinghouse Day
and Citrus Processor's Day. The Citrus Research and Education Foundation (CREF) helps
The CREF also oversees the support various CREC projects. Board members at the May 20
ma meeting, left to right: Executive Director Dr. Harold Browning,
Vice-President Harold McTeer. Secretary, Treasurer luster Pran.
meant of immediate past President Bill Barber. Pre.ideni John Nei-u anger.
SRE C's and Board members Andy Lavigne, Ellis Hunt, Jr., and Bert Har-
In addition, the CREF serves as a vehicle for the sale of UF/IFAS
citrus titles and for the acceptance of donations to the CREC
Library. The CREF has also been involved in events honoring
SCREC personnel, including retirement receptions and Employee of
the Year awards.
-e.. l- to r CREF membership is open to all interested individuals. More
meeting, left to right: .
ackson, Eldon Brown, information on CREF is available in the Center Direc or's office.
lackson, Eldon Brown,
ohn Neiswanger, Dan
The Florida Agricultural Conference and Trade Show (FACTS) was May 22-23 at the Lakeland Center.
Photiographer Gretchen Baut caught some of the action at the Exhibits. Above left: Dan Crews, Tar Nguyen, Bob Hoobin
and Rommel Rubio. Middle photo: lan Jackson, Angel Hoyte and Jerry Fojtik. Far right, the FDOC's exhibit featured a
sun made out of grapefruit.
Left to right:
Ahmad Omar at
Left to right: Larry
STreadaway (FAWN weather
Network ficed sites coordina-
tor) and Diane Mealo
S(Academic Support Services)
from the UF/IFAS Mid-
Florida Research and
Education Center in Apopka;
Lori Barber from the UF/
IFAS Education center in
C Plant C it ,
Facilities Changes, from page 1
included in this plan.
All of the irrigation el Is and pumps on the Center and associated properties have come back into service after major repair or
replacement of several of the major ones. This should mean reliable availability of water to groves and greenhouses.
Other changes will be coming the above projects are completed. The financing for most of these projects is associated with the sale
of the grove land at 1-4 and Hwy 27, and thus we are reinvesting the funds in replacing the grove and making improvements to our
Future plans include working towards a new lab/office complex that would improve our program space at CRfEC and possibly
con)olidate some of the program locations in buildings around the campus. Funds are being pursued to make this a po-ibilt ,
Thanks to our facilities maintenance group for doing an excellent job of keeping us informed of the changes going on and keeping
the disruption to a minimum. Thanks also to those who are being impacted by changes. We appreciate your patience and participation
in making these much-needed improvements to the Center. Thanks to the grove operations group for the excellent job the\ are doing
in continuing to improve the grove conditions for research and demonstration, and to the landscape maintenance team for doing an
excellent job. *
CREC Welcome CREC Farewell
Jamilyn Daughtery OPS (Dr. Bums) Sam Luther OPS (K. Morgan) Drew Downs OPS (Dr. Childers)
Jcff Burr OPS (Dr D. Lew ando\%skij Ryan Johnson OPS (Dr. Grosser) Pat Paramasivam Sr. Fiscal Assistant (J.
Jennifer Noling OPS (Dr Grosser) Danny Lee OPS (Dr. Parish) McDonald)
Paul Threlkeld OPS (Dr Childers) Nick Patel OPS (Dr. Chung) Thomas Graham OPS (K. Morgan)
Michael Blaze OPS (Dr. Rouser') Renee Dreher OPS (Dr. R. Stuart Jingjing Yang OPS (Dr. Nigg)
Christopher Rouseff- OPS (Dr. Brlansk)) Kenneth Hagen OPS (Dr. Albrigo)
Benjamin Bindschadler OPS (Dr. Childers) Michael Kennedy OPS (Dr. Noling
Sympath) to Eileen Hoobin on the loss of her mother, Dr. Samunder Singh on
the loss of his father, and to Deanna Threlkeld on the loss of her grandmother
Manuscripts Submitted To The Publications Committee in May -
J. L. Jifon and J. P. Sy ertsen Moderate Shade Can Increase Net Gas Exchange and Reduce Photoinhibition in Citrus Leaves.
J. P. Michaud and L. E. Olsen. Suitability of Asian Citrus Psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Homoptera: P.% Ilidae) as Prey for Ladybeetles
(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). BIuhOguial Control.
A. Schumann and R. Munoz-Carpena A Simple, Self-Contained Canal Stage Recorder. Applied FlineL.ring in Agriculture.
J. P. Syvertsen and J. M. Dunlop. Amendments of a HI drophilic Gel to Sandy Soil Can Increase Growth and Nitrogen Uptake
Efficiency of Swingle Citrumelo Seedlings. Proceedings ofthe Flrida State Horticultural Society.
Information and Training Seminars at CREC -
Open to all personnel.
* June 7, 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-l: Chemical Hygiene, Biological Safety, and "Right-to-Know", Peter Gilmore, UF Env.
Health & Safety
* June 2S. 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-l: Soon to be Retired: the Forgotten Asset and Estate Planning, Ms. Lorene Noe, Assoc.
Director of Planned Gi mng. UF Foundanon. Targeted for those in their middle 50's or in the 'DROP' phase of retirement. She plans
to be available in the early afternoon for individual appointments to address more personal questions. The Reception Conference
Room is reserved for this purpose.
* July 12, 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-1: Computer Security and Backup Measures. Mr. Mike Armstrong, Computer Applications
Coordinator, CREC. Secunr and backup measures, recommendations for operating systems, application setling<, anti-virus prod-
ucts, personal firewalls, recommendations for data organization and backup methods.
* August 2, 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-1: The Top 10 List for a Safer You in 2002, Dr. Carol Lehtola, Asst. Prof. & Safety
Specialist, Ag & Biol. Eng., UF
* September 6, 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-1: Electric and Lightning Safety, Mr. Clyde Roberds, Tampa Electric Co.
* October 4, 2002; 11:00 Noon BHG-I: The Latest in Digital Media. Ms. Gretchen Baut, Photographer Graphics Artist, CREC,
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Safety & Rrght
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Mtg 8:30 am
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 /24 25 26 27 28 29
Beginning Excel Info Training
Soil & Water Seminar:
Science Dept. Beginning Retirement
30 Ext Retreat FrontPage
SAll events subject to change
7- Information & Iraining Seminar:
Chemical Hygiene, Biological Safety and
Right to Know, Mr. Peter Gilmore UF
Env. Health & Safety BHG Rm 1; 11:00
am 12:00 pm
14 Supervisors Meeting Dr. H. W.
Browning. Packinghouse Conf. Rm,
8:30 am 10:30 am.
14- Center-wide Staff Meeting BHG Rm 2,
3:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
20- Faculty Meeting: Dr. H. W. Browning.
BHG Rm 4, 8:30 am 10:30 am.
25 Soil and Water Science Department Ext.
Retreat, Dr. Tom Obreza, BHG Rm 4,
9:30 am 3:00 pm.
27- Computer Training: "Beginning Microsoft
Excel", 8:30 11:30 am, BHG Teaching
Lab. 'Beginning Microsoft FronlPage "
(for making web pages) 1:30 4:30 pm.
Registration required, sign up at the
Switchboard. Training offered by Dr.
Tom Hintz, UF/IFAS Information
28 Information & Training Seminar: "Soon to
the Retired: The Forgotten Asset and
Estate Planning", by Ms. Lorene Noe,
Assoc. Director of Planning Giving. UF
Foundation. BHG Rm 1, 11:00 am -
12:00 Noon. More information on this
seminar on page 7.
4 July 4" Holiday
No summer classes at CREC.