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Students at UF-TREC received scholarships sponsored by the Dade County Agri Council at annual luncheon.

Homestead, FL – For the last 55 years, the Annual Agricultural Farm Tour and Luncheon tours different agricultural operations to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of farming in South Florida’s subtropical climate.  Additionally, the Board of Directors of the Dade County Agri Council, Inc. votes every year on student research submission based on their focus and the accomplishments they have attained.

Students at The University of Florida-IFAS-Tropical Research and Education Center were recipients of scholarships at the 55th Annual Dade County Agri Council Luncheon celebrated last Friday, February 23 at the Everglades Housing Group Community Center. Dr. Jonathan Crane, Associate Center Director for the Tropical Research and Education Center and Tropical Fruit Specialist, gave the scholarships.

Rafia Khan, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Dennis Carpenter the Memorial Fellowship award. Her topic is “Sustainable management approaches for controlling thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and their transmitted tospoviruses in tomatoes of south Florida”. Her major professor is Dr. Dak Seal, Vegetable Entomologist.

The William H. Krome Memorial Fellowship was awarded to Raiza Castillo, Ph.D. candidate, for her work on “Laurel Wilt Susceptibility Related to Host Physiology and Xylem Anatomy”. Her major professor is Dr. Bruce Schaffer, Ecophysiologist of Subtropical and Tropical Horticultural Crops.

Yi Huang, M.S. candidate,was awarded The Warren Wood, Sr. Memorial Fund for her work on “Evaluation of β-Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide for the potential to manage fungal and bacterial diseases on squash and beans”. Her major professor is Dr. Shouan Zhang, Vegetable Plant Pathologist.

The Florida Mango Forum awarded the scholarship to Matthew Quenaudon, M.S. candidate, for his work on the “Impact of Arthropods on Pollination and Fruit Set of Keitt Mangoes”. His major professor is Dr. Daniel Carrillo, Tropical Fruit Entomologist.

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