Precautions Growers Should Take in the Rainy Season

Breanna Kendrick Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick The abundance of rain in Florida over the past two weeks has brought concerns about bacterial disease issues for farmers. Gary Vallad, University of Florida associate professor of plant pathology and associate center director at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, discusses some of the precautions growers can take to make…

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UF/IFAS Researchers May Use Fungi to Control Deadly Crop Disease

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. University of Florida scientists hope to develop this biological strategy as they add to growers’ tools to help control Fusarium wilt. Tomatoes are the number one vegetable crop in Florida. In 2017, approximately 28,000 acres of tomatoes were commercially harvested,…

Tasty Tomatoes and Other Produce

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Tomatoes, Top Posts

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

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

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

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

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

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

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

Abbey Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

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)…