Tasty Tomatoes and Other Produce

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process. For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at…

Target Spot Getting Tougher to Control

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Alarming levels of fungicide resistance have been detected among isolates of the pathogen that causes target spot on tomato in Florida. By Gary E. Vallad and Samuel Hutton Fresh-market tomatoes are a valuable crop for Florida and are vulnerable to a number of fungal diseases. However, few fungal diseases have caused as much grower concern…

FAMU’s Programs Help Tomato and Pepper Growers in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Researchers at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) are working to give growers hands-on help for pest and disease management. The Center for Biological Control in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at FAMU provides effective integrated pest management (IPM), said Muhammad Haseeb, assistant professor at the center. The center’s program gives solutions to…

How Gene Mapping Can Help Growers

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Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) are using gene mapping to learn more about the size and shape of vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. Esther van der Knaap, UGA Department of Horticulture professor, says gene mapping does not give growers new products right away, but it does give researchers more knowledge about the…

UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control. Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food…

UF Scientists Work on the ‘Essence’ of Better-Tasting Tomato Juice

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you’re yearning for a better-tasting tomato juice, University of Florida scientists are in their labs, working on satisfying your palate. Essence, usually extracted from a plant to add flavor or provide a scent, according to a new University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)…

Whitefly Control Strategies for Tomatoes

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Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are working to help growers manage whiteflies, one of the main pests in tomatoes. Philip Stansly, a professor of entomology at UF, says three management systems researchers are currently examining are UV reflective mulches, beneficial insect releases and new insecticides. Stansly says the whitefly levels seen in the…

Fungicides to Help Fight Target Spot in Tomato

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Target spot is a very difficult disease to manage, according to Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. This disease thrives in high humidity and recently has been prominent in Florida tomato plants. Vallad says even though it is a tough disease to combat,…