Be sure to check out this month's
CREC IN COLOR Teamwork!
It highlights the hard work our grove
crew does every day!
Congratulations to our
Parsons on Citrus
Written Word Articles
Dr. Larry Parsons
Reclaimed Water Exhibit
Dr. Larry Parsons
Nutritional Deficiencies and
Drs. Pete Timmer, Ron Brlansky,
Citrus Rootstock Guide -
Dr. Bill Castle
Using Trade Journal
Written Word Articles
Dr. Stephen Futch
The 2007 hurricane seas started
earl', ~lhen Tropical Sto Andrea
arri. ed three weekss allea thle official
firs da',. Trol)ical S a r', has come
e Foforecasters are
Ctlting a Lius', hurricane
season. So, .batten don the hatches,
buL' the bottled ater, and hold on for
the next six months. Above average
activity is expected with 14 named
storms, seven hurricanes, with three of
Category 3 or higher.
It's business as usual for most of
CREC staff and faculty, as "holding on"
CREC Faculty Member
Selected as APS Fellow
Dr. James [Jim] H. Graham has been named a Fellow
of the American Phytopathological Society.
This award is presented to only .25 percent of
the active membership of the society each year.
Initially, he worked on soil-borne organisms such as
Phytophthora and developed assay procedures for
these pathogens and determined their affects on
yields of citrus. His work demonstrated that a new
species for Florida citrus, P. palmivora, was responsible
for epidemics of brown rot of fruit, attacked roots
of normally resistant rootstocks, and caused a serious tree decline in association
with the root weevil, Diaprepes. Graham demonstrated that normally beneficial,
soil-borne mycorrhizal fungi could become parasitic when plants had adequate
phosphorus. See Graham on page 3
U F UNIVERSITY of
las been required lnullmerouls rimes in
the I)ast Fe\ ',ears. Hoi\e.er, \itrh all
the new employees, plus it never hurts
to have a reminder or two, here are a
few tips just in case.
Normally, there is plenty of time to
prepare for a hurricane. Use this time
to get your home, automobiles, and
families ready. In fact, now is a good
time to purchase items such as non-
perishable food, bottled water, pet
food, etc. [For a complete shopping list,
go to http://www.polk-county.net/
This is also the perfect time to give
supervisors current telephone numbers
and addresses. This information is used
to contact employees before and after
See Hurricane on page 2
In case oF )iroachingl
Dr. Harold ning, Cente
will make decision t
personnel. personnel ha
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building that quali
employees who live
may stay at the Ben
Citrus Hall during the actual
g and move
ser. er, 3and
', F .ital
I a secure
lt e r,
Those employees and their ily
members must bring their own d
and supplies. Again, this is not for
For employees' safety, immediately
following a hurricane, the CREC will
be closed to everyone except essential
personnel. Please do not come to the
Center unless notified. Signs will be
posted on all the doors and in other
visible locations as to the safety of the
Employees may receive emergency
notification From the CREC in these-
2.On tele. vision look For in For
mith other openings and closings
as schools and other go.erOnm~
3. In the newspl)al)er;
4. On the radio;
hkc- ~ '" / .i -rr ^^ ^ v
llake note oF
Supervisors will attempt to contact
their staff if necessary. However, it
is important that staff members be
reactive in finding out information, as
11. The CREC voice message will be
ated as new information becomes
a able. [Usually, but not always, the
C C follows the recommendations of
th olk County Public Schools. If the
sc ols are open, the Center usually is,
an Fthe schools are closed, the Center
is ually closed,js well.]
F For more info,
check out the
Board in the Admin
Building near the
Advisory: Advisory messages are issued by the National
Hurricane Center, giving information on all tropical
depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes at midnight, 6
a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. These adversaries are supplemented
at three-hour intervals when landfall is likely within 24
Tropical Storm Watch: A tropical stolrml is similar,
but smaller than a htiuirriciae. Winds associated w-ith these
storms are less than 74 I1m1)ph, It can still cause MAidesl)read
damage and flooding. Trol)ical storm watches are made for
specific coastal areas Wlere trol)ic3l storm conditions pose
possible thllreas itlliiii 36 hllou S.
Tropical Storm Warning: Thiswarning means that tropical
storm conditions, including possible sustained winds of 39-
73 mph are expected in specific coastal areas within 24 hours.
Hurricane Watch: These watches are made for specific
coastal areas. These are not warnings. These watches mean
that 3 hurricane is close enough for everyone to listen to
ad.isories and be prel)ared to take )precauLtina3r', illeasulres.
Watches are usually issued 24-36 hours )lrior to landfall.
Hurricane Warning: This warning Imeans that a hurricane
is close enough to a specific coastal area that )precautiolla',
Measures must be taken illmediatel',. These warnings are
usually issued 24 hours prior to landfall. Howe.er, if the
hurlic3ale'S path is unusual, it ma3' onl, be a Fe\\ hours
before the th warning is issued prior to landfall.
74- 95 mph
96- 110 mph
111- 130 mph
4 5 feet
6 8 feet
9 12 feet
13 -18 feet
156 mph + 18 feet +
Graham. continued from page I
When citrus canlker as introduced into Florida, lie il.estigated the
Suli.l, d31, eideIllioog and Strain relatiOlShilps in the bacteria that attack
Citliis. His research showed that citrus bacterial Spot \3ascaLIsed b', ia i\ak )pathogen and
on0l', 3FFected n11Lseries IESLtiling in diSCnllin all ion OF the eradication pI)lOI3111
for t[h3 disease. His Iwork \ ithl Tim Gott ald dellonslrated the need to remo..e
tIEEs -)posed to ca1nke il lal rg ar1as to ha.e an', hol)e oF h eradica3inll t[ha disease.
AFter 3 series OF liiillicIIan S 1lade eradication illl)OSSible, lie de.elo)ped l)IOgraIllS
for llallagenllell n oF [ he disease.
This a33ard 'Aill be )presented at the Societ''s national fleeting in San Diego in
CREC Releases Fall Schedule of Courses
FOS 5561, Citrus Processing Technolog', Mill be held Aug. 23 Dec. II on
Tuesda',s FIor11 4 until 7:30 p.m1. and 'Aill L'be taught b'', Drs. Jose Re',es and Renee
M. Goodrich. Descril)tion:
This thlee-credit courIse is designed For ad.anced illdelrgradLuae oI graduate
Ie.el StudentS. CouLIe tOl)piCS inIclde: citrus l)ISOCeSSinlg Opl)ertions fe tiaclion,
fillislling, I)astelriCation1, e.3l)or3ation1, etc.); I)IlOdLlt cIuaLli', [solids, 3a id, Color, etc.);
rnicrobiolog', [(athogell and Sl)oil3age llicr00oor1gais5s, HACCP, etc.); cliheical and
Sbiochemic3al changes ([en:', lme acti.it', and inlacti. ation); '', -i)ioducts (essential oils,
cattle Feed, etc.). The plieieqllisite is an Lundeirgaduate course i ill Fod pocessing.
HOS 6545, Ciic e CIlti is thle second course oFFered. This three 1hou0 credit
COLIIrse Focuses on1 tile Ireg lationi oF citIILIs e etati.e 0groMi I ilnludiln climll tic,
pl',siological, and cultural Factors. The three credit course Miill ble taught ',
DI. Gene Albligo, )roFessor oF HorticIlulure Science, on Wednesda', e.enings
[time to be determinedly The i)Irerelliisites are FRC 3212 and 4223, HOS 55- or
These courses ale )part oF thle UF conliInuing education i)iirogrll a3nd 3ae O)pen
to gliadLate StudentS 3and 3an', one ith lll I preIlre)litti Fior more10
illnFlormatiOn, please conlltac ,Allita Whitake
Polk Count oa of County Commissioners' (
The Polk CouInty' Board oF Count',
"COlllllliSSiollels' TomI Hall Meetiioi
%as held here Ma',' 17. AppIro.iiiI l',
200 Lake Alfred resideiits attend
t h li e ileerii" tO LdiscIss issues pertainlu
to thle cOIIill lilllit',. NiImlleiOLIS I)OSitli.
corlllllneilts Aiere lead coIcerningll tihe
Benl Hill GriFfil i CitruLIS Hall and
th e CREC Facilif s o. e laII. Thanks to
e.'elr','oiie Wiho made this fI llClol 3
i SLI CCeSS. J
It iegeri, seCOnld FOl r1
lisci c s Igerm l)lasll issues
Iis lip [ f i leFt) Drs. Fred
ter, Bill Cte d Jude Grosser.
er is tf ator oF the
\ National I I Germ nllasll
sitlr',' For CI I lnd Dates ill
side, Calif., aim i d rle CREC
Jamie Yates Program Assistant
Jamie Yates, who recently graduated
from Florida Southern College with
a bachelor's degree in citrus, is now
working for Drs. Michael Rogers and
Tim Spann. Her research will focus on
canker and greening extension.
Jamie enjoys reading, spending time
outside, and participating in church
activities. Welcome to the Center,
Dr. Joe Mari Maja Post Doc
Joe Mari, a new Post
Doc with a Ph.D in
is keeping busy
with his research
at the Center. He
is working with
Dr. Reza Ehsani on
developing new soil
and plant sensors
and advance computer algorithms for
applications in precision management
and harvesting of a citrus production
He currently lives in Lakeland and
enjoys playing basketball and ping pong
during his free time.
Dr. Juan Carlos Melgar -
Dr. Juan Carlos
joined Dr. Jim
group as a Post
and mechanical harvesting of citrus trees.
Juan Carlos is originally from southern
Spain and finished his Ph.D. in 2006 at
the University of Cordoba working on
stress physiology of olive trees. He was
a visiting Ph.D. student here at CREC
during the summer of 2003 researching
comparative physiology of citrus and
olive trees. Juan Carlos is single and
lives in Winter Haven.
Janet Li Program Assistant
face at the
Dr. Reza Ehsani
and Paul Weikel's
wife, enjoys cooking, singing, going to
the beach, and loving up on her cat,
She recently graduated from UF with
a B.S. in Business Administration with a
concentration in Marketing.
Dr. Manjul Dutt Post Doc
Dr. Manjul Dutt,
who has been
at the Center
in Dr. Jude
cloning new genes that provide disease
resistance against canker and greening.
His hobbies include orchid breeding,
photography and numismatics [the
scientific study of coins].
Dr. Celine Jouquand ep Bousquet
- Post Doc
Be sure to welcome
Di. Celine Jouquand
el) Bousquet, a
nlec Post Doc
from France, who
Dr. Russ Rouseff's
ircsearccI team. She
is finishing up a
USDA grant on off-flavors produced
from thermophilic bacteria.
The newlywed lives in Tampa with her
husband and enjoys reading and do it
Lilia Calheiros De Oliveria Undergraduate Student
Lilia Oliveria, a student in Dr. Russ Rouseffs lab, recently joined the CREC team! She is here from
northeast Brazil for three months working on a practicum involving tropical fruit flavors. She is
pursuing an undergraduate degree in food engineering and resides at the campus dorms.
Lilia enjoys music, the beach and swimming.
I E (
Let's welcome the newest .jI
edition to the CREC family! Say
hello to Yasheeta, daughter of '
Rao and Jaya!
MERIT SCHOLAR UF BOUND!
Santa Fe Catholic High School's
r'salutatorian, Melinda Rose Grosser,
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jude Grosser,
l .was selected as a National Merit Scholar
S and received a $2,500 scholarship.
Twenty students in Polk County were
selected as finalists, and nine of them were
named scholars. This award is chosen by a
committee who reviews various characteristics of the finalists'
academic record. She plans to attend UF and said it was an
honor to be selected as a scholar. "It felt good to have all the
hard work pay off and it helps my parents," Grosser said.
Way to go, Melinda!
A JOB WELL DONE!
Naresh Pai, [middle] former student
working with Dr. Masoud Salyani
graduated from UF in May. Naresh
received an M.S. degree in mechanical
engineering and agricultural and
biological engineering. He is currently
working with Dr. Reza Ehsani assisting
his Post Docs whenever help is necessary. His future research
consists of testing the efficiency of windbreaks in agriculture.
Naresh would like to continue working in engineering
research, preferably in applied automation area. We're so
proud of you Naresh!
ANOTHER GATOR ALUMNI!
Lily Carole Kender, daughter of Dr. Walter, Professor
Emeritus, and Mrs. Kender, graduated from the University
of Florida May 5. Lily received a BS degree with Honors from
the Warrington College of Business Administration majoring
in Economics. She is currently employed by Sun Trust in
Shelly Jones' son, Corey, graduated from
Winter Haven High School on May 22,
2007. He received a music scholarship
and will attend Stetson University in the
Fall as a music major. Congratulations
on graduating and good luck in your
The Florida State Horitcultural Society recently announced
the election of new officers. The 2007/08 president is Dr.
Jim Syvertsen, professor of plant physiology, CREC. For a
complete listing of the officers, see the CREC website.
SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
Congratulations to Molly, Dr. Jude Grosser's daughter;
Clint, Dr. Bill Dawson's son; David, Dr. Steve Futch's son;
and Gabby, Lorrie Friedrich's daughter for their superior
accomplishments in the recent state science fair.
David Futch, [pictured left] won a
second place special award at the Intel
International Science and Engineering
Fair. His project was titled "Augmenting
Habitat for Drymarchon corals, a
Threatened Species." Drymarchon
coralis is the indigo snake that is found
in many locations is Florida. The fair,
recently held in Albuquerque, had 1,512 students representing
44 nations. David is a rising senior at Winter Haven High
School and was one of two students from Polk County to
attend the fair this year.
Gaby Ibarra, [pictured left] daughter of
Lorrie Friedrich, Dr. Michelle Danyluk's
* i[lab, )project goal was to develop a
* 0I I l I' healthier cola that tasted comparable to
SCoca-Cola. Gaby made her own without
SLusing phosphoric acid [causes leaching of
C calCil11 From bones], and 25 percent less
sugar (decrease obesity and tooth decay].
She added a calcium additive in place of caffeine. Great job!
BEAUTY SCHOOL GRADUATE
Nicole Smith, daughter of Janice and
Virgil Stewart, recently graduated from
Travis Career Center as an esthetician
and nail care specialist.
Nicole formerly worked as an OPS Lab
Assistant for Dr. Herb Nigg. She plans to
open a beauty shop in the Winter Haven
CLASS OF 2007!
Tauni Combee, granddaughter of Virgil
and Janice Stewart, recently graduated
from Auburndale High School.
She will attend Polk Community College
to pursue a career in Nursing. She is the
daughter of Jim Combee, formerly of the
Maintenance Department, and Betti Kelley,
formerly of the Human Resources Department.