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 …

High-Tunnel Production and Grafting Organic Tomatoes

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Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently presented results from a 2016 trial on organic tomato production. The research explored high-tunnel production versus field production, as well as interactions between grafted and non-grafted plants. Craig Frey, a Ph.D. student and horticulture scientist, worked along with Xin Zhao, UF/IFAS assistant professor, on this project. Frey …

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Successful Workshop

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Florida Organic Growers partnered with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to host the Integrated Organic Tomato Production Workshop on May 15 in Citra. The workshop covered several topics, including organic high-tunnel tomato production, tomato grafting methods and postharvest sanitation of tomatoes. Attendees were able to listen to presentations by researchers and examine the field in …

Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abbey Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in the spring. McAvoy says he …