All In For Citrus Podcast, October 2021

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) citrus breeding team discusses development of new varieties and rootstocks in the October episode of the All In For Citrus podcast.

But before that discussion begins, Michael Rogers, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) director, has the details on two upcoming events, including one in which growers can view some of the new varieties talked about in the podcast.

The first event, Citrus Nutrition Day, takes place on Oct. 26 at the CREC in Lake Alfred. Rogers said that there will be an update on the Nutrition Box Program, HLB-specific nutrition research, as well as advice on how to follow best management practices.

The second event is the CREC Open House and Field Day on Nov. 16. Rogers said there is a ton of information to be found at this all-day event with field tours and a citrus display. With information on gibberellic acid, field tours and new citrus variety tastings, this is a must-attend event for growers.

UF/IFAS citrus breeders Fred Gmitter and Jude Grosser join the October podcast episode for a conversation about new varieties and rootstocks.

Gmitter notes some of the examples that continue to shine, like Sugar Belle for its HLB resistance. He also details the new pummelo-grapefruit hybrid UF-914 and its benefits.

Grosser highlights the benefits of several sweet varieties developed in the OLL series. He mentions that there may be some more additions to the series down the road. Grosser also talks about the Vernia line that is being looked at for early harvest qualities.

In addition, Grosser and Gmitter discuss several rootstocks that are showing great promise toward handling HLB disease and the possibility of ultra-high-density plantings in the future. 

Listen to the full episode of the October All In For Citrus podcast here.

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