Tomatoes Number One Crop

Jul 25, 2019
UF/IFAS Florida Tomato Institute is Sept. 4

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is planning its Florida Tomato Institute.

Following are the detais:

The Ritz-Carlton

851 Gulfshore Blvd N

Naples, Florida

September 4, 2019

9:00 –  Welcome & Opening Remarks, Dr. Kelly Morgan, SWFREC

9:10 – State of the Industry, 2018-19 Season Review, The Tomato Suspension Agreement – What Happened, What Now, What Next?, Mr. Michael Schadler, Florida Tomato Exchange

Tomato Breeding and Genetics

9:30 – Breeding and Genetics to Improve Tomatoes for Florida Production & Mechanical Harvesting, Dr.  Sam Hutton, UF/IFAS GCREC

9:50 – Improving Florida Tomatoes through Applied Genetics: CRISPR Gene-Editing, Dr. Tong Geon Lee, UF/IFAS GCREC

10:10 – Generate Tomato with Broad-Spectrum Disease Resistance Using Transgene-Free CRISPR/Cas9 Technologies – Dr. Zhonglin Mou, UF/IFAS GCREC

10:30 – Genome Editing to Create a Jointless Tomato/Developing Varieties with Superior Flavor – Dr. Denise Tieman, UF/IFAS Hort Dept

Mechanical Harvesting

10:50 – Mechanical Harvesting – Fertility Management, Dr. Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS GCREC

11:00 – Mechanical Harvesting – Quality, Dr. Steve Sargent, UF/IFAS Hort Dept.

11:10 – Mechanical Harvesting – Engineering the Harvester, Mr. Kevin Baker, Pix All Inc.

11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch (on your own)

Pest and Disease Management

1:00 – Evaluation of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) as a New, Sustainable Tool to Manage Root-Knot Nematode

/New Non-Fumigant Nematicide Combinations for Nematode Management, Dr. Johan Desaeger, UF/IFAS GCREC

1:20 – Improving Sampling and Identification of Thrips and Whitefly, Dr. Xavier Martini, UF/IFAS NFREC

1:40 – Research Update on Tomato Chlorotic Spot Virus (TCSV) in South Florida, Dr. Shouan Zhang, UF/IFAS TREC

2:00 – Tracking Xanthomonas Perforans Strains Linked to Bacterial Spot Outbreaks Using Whole Genome Sequencing, Dr. Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS GCREC

New Product Presentations

2:20 • New Product Presentations by Company Sponsors

3:15 • Adjourn

CEU’s and CCA CEUs will be provided


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