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 help growers tackle issues they …

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 size and shape of 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 and Agricultural Sciences discovered some …

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) study, can be used to …

Whitefly Control Strategies for Tomatoes

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

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 last season were the worst …

Fungicides to Help Fight Target Spot in Tomato

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

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, especially in ideal weather conditions, …

Protecting Tomatoes at Different Stages

Abbey Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is working to discover the best ways to fight disease in tomatoes. He says a main issue is bacterial spot in fields and transfer houses. “Typically, growers have relied heavily on copper-based products for managing disease in the field, but unfortunately we have pretty much …

UF Researcher Deals with Stink-Bug Pressure in Organic Tomatoes

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts

There are many benefits to organic production, but it also has its challenges. Perhaps the biggest area of concern for organic growers is how to combat pests without using pesticides. Craig Frey, a doctorate student at the University of Florida (UF), recently presented findings from research, which he completed with Xin Zhao of UF.  The main purpose of their research …