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Dr. Harold W. Browning, Center Director
UF/IFAS Citrus Research & Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299
Tel. (863) 956-1151
Fax (863) 956-4631
In This Issue
Citrus Canker Concerns ................... 1
Em ployees Honored ......................... 1
Citrus Disease Hotline
1-866-365-3017 ............................. 2
Flower Bud Induction Advisories..... 2
Addresses Etc. .............................. 2
Fresh New Varieties Program .......... 2
Service Pins .................................... 3
Lunch for the Ladies ...................... 3
Bearing Gifts Thank You! .............. 3
Centerwide Meeting Photos ............. 4
Holiday Party Photos ................... 4-6
M military Unit Honors ......................... 6
Photos from UF-Gainesville,
cam ping ...................... ................. 6
Photo Corner.................................. 6
News Around CREC
Publications Submitted .................... 7
C alendar ....................................... 8
out of black
Bright. More holiday photos, pp. 4-6.
is the monthly newsletter for
employees and friends of CREC.
Citrus Leaves welcomes your
contributions, suggestions and
corrections. Editor, Monica
mmlew(@crec.ifas.ufl.edu; Ext. 1233.
Photography, Gretchen Baut;
Production and Distribution: Word
Processing, Barbara Thompson,
Supervisor; Kathy Snyder, Karla
Flynn and Linda Murphy; Customer
Service, Kathy Witherington,
Supervisor, and Nancy Burke.
Citrus Canker Concerns
Two citrus canker workshops were held at CREC to train
employees on proper precautions to prevent the spread of
canker. According to Dr. Pete Timmer, the three major ways
that canker is spread in the state are:
1) canker infected plants are moved from one area of the
state to another;
2) canker-infested leaves, fruit, and other plant material are
carried on or in vehicles from an infested location to a clean
3) the bacterium is carried as a contaminant on vehicles,
picking sacks, ladders, gloves, etc.
In Florida, workers who handle citrus plants, tissues or fruit,
see Citrus Canker, p.2
Plant debris must be cleaned
from vehicles upon leaving a
grove to prevent the spread of
citrus canker and other pests
Employees Honored in December
Friedrich, Mitchell and Murphy Employees of the Year;
Holbrook and Cunningham Recognized for Service
Lorrie Friedrich, Phillip Mitchell and Linda
Murphy were named CREC Employees of the
Year at a centerwide meeting on Dec. 19.
Winners, who were nominated by faculty/
supervisors and were selected by a committee
of past Employees of the Year, received a plaque
and $100 gift certificate.
The FDOC Scientific Rescajic II
Department also recognized ('indI
Holbrook (FDOC) and Sherr.
Cunningham (UF/IFAS I o
excellence in service. Holbioolk
and Cunningham were sel ccicd
by FDOC scientific rescaieli
employees. Winners \\ci c
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announced by Andy Laurent, FDOC scientific
research director, on Dec. 19. Holbrook
provides fiscal, budgetary and related services
for the FDOC scientific research department
and administrative duties for the mechanical
harvesting program. Cunningham provides
for CREC Facilities.
received the award in the
works in food
microbiology for Dr.
Mickey Parish. She has
see Employees, p.3
Top photo, Phillip Mitchell (Farm Management) is congratulated by Center Director Dr.
Browning. Lower panel, left to right: Word Processing's Linda Murphy reacts to the announce-
ment; Browning presents a plaque to Lorrie Friedrich; Dr. Andy Laurent with Cindy Holbrook
(FDOC); Sherry Cunningham answering phone calls in the Facilities office.
Citrus Canker Concerns ... from p. 1
and/or those who enter citrus groves or Timmer reminded employees that we do
greenhouses must comply with decontami- not want to be responsible for the spread
nation regulations (edis.ifas.ufl.edu/CG040). of citrus canker. He added that we must set
The regulations apply to the a good example for others;
decontamination of person- All citrs within 1900-ft. violators in the state are
nel, equipment and vehicles. cited and fined. He also
There are strict limitations on a cites canker reminded employees of
the movement of fruit and must be destroyed. the dire consequences
plant material off the Center. Imagine the devastation should citrus canker be
Citrus canker notebooks to research ... if canker found at CREC: all citrus
were distributed to each lab were found at CREC. within a 1900-ft. radius
at the workshop; Dr. Timmer would be destroyed to
has extra notebooks if you do not have one
in your laboratory. If you go to the grove
infrequently, Dr. Timmer can lend you a
sprayer with approved disinfectant.
Citrus Disease Hotline
Dr. Pete Timmer posts timely news on
citrus diseases, the status of the bloom and
other relevant news on a toll-free hotline
sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection
Information on postbloom fruit drop,
Alternaria brown spot, scab and other
diseases is available on Timmer's citrus
New Varieties Program
Over 60 citrus growers, packers and
plantbreeders attended a Nc\\ Fresh Citrus
Varieties Day" at on Dec. 8.
The meeting formally introduced a Fresh
New Varieties Development Program, which
involves the Florida Citrus Packers, Florida
Citrus Mutual, the University of Florida/
IFAS, the USDA/ARS Ft. Pierce, the
FDCAS/Division of Plant Industry and the
Florida Department of Citrus. According to
Richard Kinney, Executive Director of the
Florida Citrus Packers program will help
direct Florida's citrus breeding programs
for the fresh citrus industry.
The program is led by a technical
committee of scientists and an oversight
committee of fresh citrus industry
representatives. The technical committee,
headed by Center Director Dr. Harold
Browning, Center Director of the UF/IFAS
CREC, will be responsible for the
introduction of three new varieties each
season. The oversight committee, chaired
by Quentin J. Roe, will offer policy
guidelines in the development and
evaluation of new varieties.
prevent further spread.
That would wipe out all citrus at CREC.
"Imagine the devastation to research," said
online tools to aid growers in determining
need and timing of sprays for PFD (PFD-
Fungicide Application Decision System)
and Alternaria (Alter-Rater).
Citrus Disease Hotline
Flow er Bud
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Dr. Bill Castle (left) speaks to Haines
City citrus growers Charles Stewart
(far right) and Dr. Ivan Stewart (center).
UF/IFAS Citrus Pest Management Guide
for decontam/disinfection guidelines:
FL Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer
For quarantine maps: doacs.state.fl.us/
Photos of citrus canker symptoms:
UF/IFAS CREC Website is
Please transition users to this new
address. The www.lal.ufl.edu website is
UF/IFAS CREC e-mail addresses
E-mail messages sent to the old
email@example.com addresses will be delivered
for the foreseeable future, but if yours e-
mail address that ends in @alal.ufl.edu,
you should transition to the new domain.
CREC s SUNCOM telephone number
(State of Florida long-distance):
515-8913 or515-8921 (automatedatten-
Elsewhere in IFAS...
UF/IFAS e-mail addresses are
username aifas.ufl.edu (the "mail" in
usernamema ail.ifas.ufl.edu is optional)
Left to right: Dr. Bill Castle, Dr. Ivan Stewart,
his son Charles and Dr. Jude Grosser at
the Fresh Citrus Varieties Day on Dec. 8. Dr.
Stewart is a retired CREC professor whose
was involved in many pivotal
accomplishments in citrus nutrition,
including the first agricultural use of iron
chelate for iron fertilizers. The Stewarts are
being featured in a Ledger series that follows
a citrus family through the citrus season.
UF/IFAS service pins for 5, 10, 15, 20,25, 30 and 35 years of continuous service were presented at the Centerwide meeting on Dec. 19 by
Dale Price (Personnel Office) and Center Director Harold Browning.
30years Jane Wilson 20 years 15 years 10 years
(Extension Secretary, center; Jim Baldwin Janice Stewart (Custodial) Rommel Rubio (Grove Crew)
Price (left) and Browning (right) (Sr. Bio Scientist, Dr. Castle's Lab) Michael Clock (Grove Crew)
Terry Daghita (Custodial)
Kathy Snyder (Word Processing)
Ieatlriz Nielsen (Plant Improvement)
Mlon ict Lewandowski (Public Relations)
35 years Wayne Tyler (Maintenance)
20 years- Kevin Troelsen (Maintenance)
15years- Glenn Craddock (Maintenance)
Michael Daugherty (Maintenance)
Robert Hoobin (Packinghouse)
Employees... from p. 1
worked at CREC since 1990 and
handles responsibilities for multiple
research projects as well as supervises
Mitchell received his award in the
Trades category, which includes the
maintenance shop, grove, custodial
and pilot plant. He was lauded for his
willingness to learn new tasks and for
Murphy, the Clerical/Administra-
tive award winner, was cited for her
productivity, dedication and creativ-
ity. Congratulations to our CREC Em-
ployees of the Year!
Lunch for the Ladies
CREC women gathered for an annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 10. This year's luncheon
featured an international theme and was organized by women from Buildings 10, Facilities,
Custodial and Ag Engineering, BHG, and the Packinghouse. The women collected
donations to aid animal care agencies such as the SPCA.
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Citrus fruit was available for the
holidays and will be throughout the
citrus season, compliments of CREC. __
In December, gifts of fresh citrus were Upper left, lunch was prepared by the planning committee; upper center, Jeanell Pruitt (center)
delivered to the UF campus in Gaines- c io\\ Is" Sherry Cunningham (right) as Amy Lane looks on. Far right, the luncheon included
ville, the Mid-Florida REC inApopka fun with a pinata as Denise Dunn takes a swing. Lower panel: Peaches Mariner (far left);
(who gave us houseplants that were Amanda Myers (lower center photo, left) and Marjie Cody enjoy lunch.
distributed at the Dec. 19 meeting) and
the Gulf Coast REC in Bradenton (who gave us tomatoes).
Special thanks to CREC's grove crew, packinghouse and pilot plant crews and the maintenance shop for the harvesting, cleaning,
packing and delivery of the fruit and set-up and clean-up for all the year-end festivities!
Packinghouse: Tom Robnett, Bob Hoobin and Tam Nguyen; Pilot Plant: Tommy Long, Virgil Stewart and Merritt Daugherty
Grove Crew: Troy Gainey, Michael Clock, Phillip Mitchell, Rommel Rubio, Robert Kleber, Danny Perkins.
Facilities/Maintenance & Custodial: Roxy Hoover, Diamond Basnaw, Sherry Cunningham, Joe Creekbaum, Michael Daughtery, Marshall
Hobbs, Perry Love, Bruce Robertson, Kevin Troelsen, Dan Tuzzolo, Wayne Tyler, Jim Vaughn, Terry Daghita, Jeanell Pruitt, Carolyn
Lisbon, Peggy Bernard and Janice Stewart.
Far left photo, Lura
Rixman (left) and Eileen
Hoobin enjoy the
Centerwide meeting on
Dec. 19; right, employees
select houseplants and to-
matoes, gifts from the
Mid-Florida REC in
Apopka and Gulf Coast
REC in Bradenton.
Happy Holidays Photos by Gretchen Baut, Pam Russ, Mohamed Ismail and Monica Lewandowski
Fun and fellowship were abound during the holidays. Above, Volva Korbasev takes his turn at whack-
ing a pinata at CREC's evening holiday party on Dec. 12. BIG thank-you's to our party hosts, Plant
Pathology, Library, Soil Science and Friends: Pete Timmer and Bill Dawson (special thanks for financial
contributions and bartending), Ron Brlansky for coordinating overall plans and the food contest, Sveta
Folimonova, Alexey Folimonov, John "Santa" Cook, Pam Russ, Cecile Robertson, Rachel McCoy, Tatineni
Satyanarayana, Dennis Lewandowski, K-R Chung, Monica Lewandowski, Jim Graham, Gary Barthe, Avijit
Roy, Jaime Cubero, Mauricio Rubio, Marty Dekkers, Diane Bright, Curt Colburn, Kate Lahey, Turksen
Shilts, Huiqin Chen, Judy Harber, Greg Danyluk, Sachindra Mondal, Mohammed Afunian,
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Kanjana Mahattanawee and Redondo and Jaime Cubero. Alexei and Maxim Danyluk (sons of Greg Danyluk &
Ralph Russ. Peggy Sieburth).
Qifa Zheng and family Gary Test and family -
Allan Burrage and family. Tyler Gmitter meets Santa with Ling Wang and
dad Fred and mom Wendy daughter -
Congratulations to our Dessert and Appetizer Cooking Contest Winners!
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Desserts, 1st raspberries 2nd, Esaam Ismail 3rd, Tracy Meadows (shown with husband,
Ajia Cunningham Davey Meadows. By the way, just married!)
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This is Eileen's second
Appetizers, 1st straight win. She will share Thanks to those who entered the cooking contests: Shila Singh,
Eileen Albright the recipe if interested. Cathy Brlansky, Afshan Zaman, Nadine Cuyler and Diane Bright.
Far right, Gene
Above left, Annabelle with mom Jill
Dunlop; second from left, Huiqin (seated
left) and Chunxian Chen and their family.
Below, Esaam Ismail and his family (Dr.
Mohamed Ismail's grandchild).
Dunn's Unit Receives Highest Award
Assoc. Press, Nov. 2003 -The Presidential
Unit Citation was awarded to the 1st Marine
Expeditionary Force by Navy Secretary Gor-
don England. The award is the highest given
by the U.S. military to an entire unit, which
includes Alex Dunn (son of CREC's Denise
Dunn and her husband, Jerry). "This is the
Oscar of unit awards," said Steven Mackey,
head of the Marines' military awards branch.
"The Medal of Honor is the most coveted
award for individuals. The Presidential Unit
Citation is the most coveted award for units."
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The unit called 1 MEF in military jargon
- oversaw all of the more than 60,000 Ma-
rines involved in the Iraq war. Those Ma-
rines now may wear the Presidential Unit
Citation ribbons on their dress uniforms.
The citation commends the Marines for
their "extraordinary heroism and outstand-
ing performance" during the invasion of
Iraq. The Marines made the longest se-
quence of overland attacks in the corps'
history, moving nearly 500 miles from the
Kuwait border to areas north of Baghdad.
Dr. Duygu Gicmen (far left) poses with
a true Gator friend at the UF campus in
Gainesville, shown right with Dr.
Russell Rouseff. Dr. GOcmen is avisit-
ing scientist from Uludag University in
Turkey. She is working with Dr. Rouseff
and Dr. Mickey Parish on the analysis
of off-flavors associated with
Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris, a
bacterium that causes food spoilage in
(Building 10, Room 5, west end of the
Center), it is equipped with a slide
scanner that can scan slides, various
sized negatives and even microscope
slides; flatbed scanners; a large-format
poster printer (36" wide); color printer;
CD and DVD burners; digital video
equipment, digital and 35 mm cameras
and other equipment.
Visit GretchenBaut (Ext. 1270) and
Sandy Hatch (Ext. 1220) for your
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Dr. E.A. "Andy" Laurent FDOC Scientific
Dr. Mohamed Borhan post-doc (Dr. Parsons)
Dr. Young A. Choi post-doc (Dr. Gmitter)
Dr. Jae-wook Hyun post-doc (Dr. Timmer)
Dr. Kuo-TanLi post-doc (Dr. Syvertsen)
ZhiximPan OPS (Dr. Gmitter)
Congratulations to Welc
Tracey Bassett, FDO
who completed her
bachelor's degree in
the citrus program
at Florida Southern
College in Decem-
ber. Tracey worked
Syvertsen and more recently for Dr.
Orbovic. She is working at "The Natives"
plant nursery in Haines City.
Congratulations to Dr. Kanjana
Mahattanatawee, who completed her
Ph.D. dissertation. Kanjana studied I
under Dr. Russell Rouseff, and is
currently working on some publications
this spring. She will return to a faculty
position at Siam University in Bangkok,
a l *ad Left, Drake Austin Nolin
; Burke, grandson are pi
of Nancy Burke "cata]
receptionist), born girls t
Nov. 25. Parents it is o
,' *are Shannon and
!. Kathy Burke. 2'
ConnorWilliam Appelboom (right), son of
Terri (Zito) and Tim Appelboom was born
on Dec. 19. Terri worked at CREC as the
photographer and Tim worked in Dr.
Noling's lab. t
Manuscripts Submitted to the f
L. R. Parsons. Is Fertilizing in January a Good Idea
R. T. Villanueva and C. C. Childers. Phytoseiidae
K. F. Schulback, R. L. Rouseff, and C. A. Sims. Ch
Z. Wu and J. K. Burns. ABeta-Galactosidase Gene
Journal of Experimental Botany.
Z. Viloria and J. W. Grosser. Acid Citrus Fruit Imp
Autotetraploid Breeding Parents. Journal of the An
F. Alferez, S. Singh, J. K. Burns. 5-chloro-3-methy
Citrus Fruit and Arabidopsis Plant Decline. Plant P
M. A. Ayllon, S. Gowda, T. Satyanarayana, and W.
Differ in Initiation and Termination of Subgenomic F
ome to Dr. Andy
C Scientific Resea
Robert Beiter OPS (Dr. Lee)
Dr. M. Joseph Ahrens FDOC
Juan Carlos Melgar visiting student (Dr. Syvertsen)
Glaucia Monte visiting scientist (Dr.
Tracey Bassett OPS (Dr. Orbovic)
William Alexander retired, Farm Mgt.
Elise Bonneau visiting student, FDOC (Dr. Cancalon)
Daphne Philippo visiting student, FDOC (Dr.
Dr. Richard Lee (left) has assumed a position with the
USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository for
Citrus and Dates on the University of California, Riverside
Dr. Michael Rogers will join the UF/IFAS CREC faculty as
Assistant Professor this month. Dr. Rogers will develop an
Extension and research program in citrus entomology.
ig Pumpkins Left photo, far right, Jessica Noling (daughter of Dr. Joe and Roxanne
g) and Laura Graham (right photo, far right; daughter of Dr. Jim and Susan Graham)
ctured with their physics teams at Auburndale High School, competing in an annual
pult contest" last November. Teams competed in constructing a catapult, with a
im, to hurl a 5-8 lb. pumpkin the furthest distance. Joe Noling writes, "In the event, the
eams placed second (106 ft) and third (99ft) in the overall contest. On good authority,
ur understanding all will get A's in physics this year. GOOD JOB GIRLS."
Congatulations to Antonio Cuyler, son of Nadine Cuyler (from
*. Dr. Nigg's lab), who earned all A's and made the Dean's List at
Si" '' Florida State University. Antonio is pursuing a doctorate in
And Nadine's sixth grandson was born on Dec. 24! Her
Sson, Thomas Jr. and his wife, Julia are proud parents to Dillon
-'" Christopher Cuyler (7 lbs).
publicationn Committee in December
? Florida Grower.
Increase with Pollen Deposition on Citrus Leaves. Florida Entomologist.
ranges in Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Strawberry Puree During Heating. Journal of
is Expressed During Mature Fruit Abscissin of 'Valencia' Orange (Citrus sinensis).
movement via Interploid Hybridization Using Alletotraploid Somatic Hybrid and
nerican Society ofHorticultural Science.
l-4-nitro-1H-pyrazole Activates the Lipid-signaling Pathway During Abscission of
O. Dawson. Cis-Acting Elements at Opposite Ends of the Citrus tristeza virus Genome
uNAs. -1,. .. -i.
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
March 4, Diaprepes Task Force Scientific meeting, USDA-ARS Ft. 1 2 3
March 18 50th Annual Citrus Engineering Conference, CREC. Happy
BLOODMOBILE at CREC: March 3, June 9, Aug. 12 and Nov. 23
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Florida Rural Florida Rural Florida Rural
Water course Water course Water course
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Fl. Citrus Plant Path &
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Martin Precision Ag Faculty Mtg
Luther for Florida Plant Path &
King Citrus Friends*
25 26 Tes 27 28 29 Plant atao 31
Indian River Indian River UF/IFAS
Citrus Seminar Citrus Seminar Marketing
Ft. Pierce Ft. Pierce workshop
All events subject to change.
Jan. 6-8 Florida Rural WaterAssoc.
drinking and waste water courses
Jan. 14 Fla. Citrus Production Mgrs.
Assoc. meeting, BHG 1.
Jan. 21 Precision Agriculture for Florida
Citrus workshop. 9 am 4:30 pm, BHG.
Presentations on precision agriculture.
Program at www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/
Jan. 23 Faculty meeting, 8:30 11 a.m.
BHG Rooms 3-4.
Jan. 30 "Marketing," workshop for UF/
IFAS faculty and public relations depts. 12
- 3 p.m., BHG 3-4.
Florida Citrus Festival, Jan. 15-25, Orange
Dome, 100 Cypress Gardens Bvd. SW,
Winter Haven. Entertainment, rides, food.
Indian River Citrus Seminar, Jan. 27-28 at
the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, Ft.
Pierce. Brochures are available at the
Classes at CREC Spring Semester:
Flavor Chemistry & Technology, Dr.
Rouseff, Thursdays, 4-8 p.m., BHG
Advanced Citriculture II, Dr. Albrigo,
Monday, 4-7 p.m. BHG Conf. room.
Citrus Fresh Fruit Technology, Dr. Albrigo,
Tues. 4-8 p.m. BHG Teaching Lab.
*Plant Path and Friends informal seminars.
Speakers sought; topics open and not
limited to plant pathology. Students, post-
docs and visiting scientists encouraged.
Fri., 11 a.m. 12 p.m., BHG Teaching Lab.
Contact: Dr. K-R Chung.