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Tag: Fernando Alferez

UF/IFAS experts outline hurricane prep, recovery for citrus growers

Like all farmers, Florida’s citrus producers must prepare for the worst before a hurricane strikes. That’s why Fernando Alferez co-wrote a manual that gives growers tips on how to get their citrus farm ready for – and recover… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers try to reduce fruit drop, increase yield in Valencia, Hamlin oranges

UF/IFAS citrus scientists Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez are trying to reduce the amount of fruit that drops from Hamlin and Valencia trees prior to harvest. If fruit drops, growers can’t harvest it, and that leads to losses… Read More

UF/IFAS Research: Citrus Tree Covers Keep Deadly Psyllids Away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are finding that by covering new citrus trees with mesh, they can keep disease-carrying insects from harming the plants. That could be a big step toward stemming the deadly citrus greening… Read More

UF/IFAS launches new podcast for citrus producers

By Ruth Borger GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Southeast AgNet are partnering to provide the latest news on citrus-related research in a monthly podcast. The podcast, “All in for… Read More

Early Findings Show Plant Hormone May Help in Citrus Greening Fight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists think a group of hormones may eventually help growers battle citrus greening, but they still want to study them before recommending growers use the chemical. Fernando Alferez, an assistant professor of… Read More