UF/IFAS Researchers Honored for Avocado Integrated Pest Management

Dan Cooper Avocado, Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) officials recognized a team of research scientists with a High Impact Research Publication award for an article published in the May 2018 edition of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, an international scholarly science journal. The publication, “Identification of the Achilles heels of the laurel wilt pathogen and its beetle vector,” introduces new pest management tactics for South …

Some Avocados Voluntarily Recalled

Alison DeLoach Avocado, Food Safety, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Henry Avocado Corporation in California has voluntarily recalled its avocados in response to fear the fruit might be contaminated with listeria. The avocados were packaged and distributed to six states, including California, Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The company decided to voluntarily recall its avocados after a test for listeria came back positive during …

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

Alison DeLoach Avocado, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led recently published research that shows that multispectral cameras can …

An Avocado Tree’s Worst Nightmare

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Research, Top Posts

Laurel wilt could be considered an avocado tree’s worst enemy. According to Jonathan Crane, professor of horticulture and tropical fruit specialist with the University of Florida, laurel wilt was introduced in the United States in 2002 and made its way to Homestead, Florida, in 2012. Since then, over 100,000 avocado trees have been lost, equaling roughly 1,000 acres of production. …


New, Yet Old, Competition for Florida Avocados?

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Top Posts

By Taylor Hillman There may soon be some new, yet old, competition — with tropical flair — for Florida avocados. After 25 years, Hawaii has again begun shipping Sharwil avocados to the mainland. Three thousand pounds of the avocado variety are being sent to Seattle, and the industry hopes to continue shipping through March. Hawaii has shipped avocados to the …


Storm Preparation and Recovery for Avocado Trees

Breanna Kendrick Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Prior to a storm, it is recommended that avocado growers have a tree-size management program in place. The purpose is to ensure trees are not getting too tall or too wide. Trees that have been maintained at the proper size are easier to pick, easier to spray and are much more efficient economically and physically to harvest. …

Navigating Weather Conditions with Avocados

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

Jonathan Crane, professor of horticulture and tropical fruit crop specialist, spoke at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in November about weather conditions that play a factor in growing avocados. Surprisingly, the biggest weather challenge for Florida avocados is freezing temperatures. However, Crane says that there is a wide range of cold-tolerant avocado varieties. He says that, potentially, there are …


Laurel Wilt: Quick-Moving Disease with Invasive Vectors

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Research, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, recently traveled to California to warn growers about laurel wilt. Laurel wilt is a devastating disease for avocados in Florida and now California. This fungal disease spreads from tree to tree quickly. If it is not caught early, it can destroy multiple trees in a matter of days. …