University of Florida citrus center celebrates 100 years

November 22, 2017 09:47 AM
 
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, Fla., is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, Fla., is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The anniversary celebrations are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Nov. 29 at the center, according to a news release.

Fred Gmitter, professor of horticultural sciences at UF/IFAS, will be the keynote speaker of the event. He will give a presentation on tracing the genetics of citrus breeding back millions of years, the release said.

Other speakers include:

  •  W. Kent Fuchs, UF president;
  •  Jack Payne, UF senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources; and
  •  Michael Rogers, director of the UF/IFAS Citrus Center.

Attendees will get the chance to learn how the university’s researchers work with the citrus industry to battle huanglongbing and other diseases, according to the release.

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