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Helping Haitians now is greatly im-
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a hand or to aid organizations here at the
University of Florida or elsewhere.
A team of faculty and staff from three
UF colleges recently provided medical
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Fred Gmitter developed Sugar Belle, and says the fruit "makes you happy when you eat it."
UFs Sugar Belle is sweet success
Sugar Belle, a name meaning sweet and beautiful, is the first University of Florida-created
citrus variety intended for commercial production.
Fred Gmitter, UF professor of citrus breeding and genetics, worked many years for Sugar
Belle, a bold mandarin orange hybrid, to be where it is today.
Hired in 1985 as a UF assistant professor, Gmitter soon noticed a neglected block of trees left
behind by a retired professor.
"I tasted (the fruit on) every tree-most were horrible," said Gmitter. "Then I tasted fruit
from this one tree and it was phenomenal." The tree is now known as Sugar Belle.
Gmitter then began propagating the tree, knowing that he had found a valuable citrus
One of the first large-scale field trials was on the east coast of Florida.
But after growing for a few years, a setback occurred. Citrus canker, a highly contagious disease
that attacks fruit, was found near the trees. The entire group had to be burned.
"That was really devastating," Gmitter said.
That didn't stop the determined Gmitter and soon, after producing more crops, taste trials
began. Sugar Belle won "big-time" as the favorite among the taste-testers, he said.
It is a very bold, rich-tasting citrus with high levels of sugar. "Makes you happy when you eat
it," he said.
Sugar Belle has numerous benefits that make it stand out from other competitors. It has a high
percentage of vitamin C, ripens four to six weeks earlier than other varieties of citrus and it has
shown a greater tolerance to the fungus Alternaria.
After long hours and hard work, Gmitter is really satisfied with Sugar Belle. But now the rest is
out of his hands.
"It's like when you first take your kids to kindergarten. You are still attached but you have to
let them go-I have that feeling about Sugar Belle," said Gmitter. "Didn't expect that feeling, but
it's strange. It's like having a 25-year-old kid."
By Jenna McVey
"Biometrics for Human Identification: Technology and Policy,"
speaker Anil Jain, professor at Michigan State University, 7:30
p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora.
Feb. 4,5, 6
"Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second
Language Phonology," 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reitz Student Union,
"Race and the Trace of History," speaker PatrickWolfe, research
fellow at La Trobe University, Australia, and Harvard University, 4
to 6 p.m., Dauer, room 219.
"Environmental Issues in South Asia," speakerAnn Gold,
professor at Syracuse University, 7:30 p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora.
UFPA presents Soweto Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m., Phillips Center,
admission fee. Call 352-392-2787 for more information.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar.
For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
click"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
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Editor Susan Stewart
February 2, 2010
Black History Month events offer music,
comedy and more
The University of Florida kicked off Black History Month Mon-
day with an opening ceremony at Reitz Student Union. Many more
activities are planned.
Some of the more than 20 upcom- .
ing events include a performance by
R&B artist Rudy Currence at 7 ic y u keasi
p.m. today at Orange and Brew, FF 7
a leadership conference from L A
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 6
at Ustler Hall, the Miss Black
and Gold scholarship pageant
at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Reitz
Union Grand Ballroom, and a
comedy show at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at
the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
For more information on Black History Month, visit