Florida citrus growers can learn more about the use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) in the fight against fruit drop at an upcoming online seminar. The webinar will be at 10 a.m., April 27 and will be presented by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Speakers at the webinar, titled “Gibberellic Acid Research Update and Other PGRs for Florida Citrus,” will be UF/IFAS researchers Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez. Vashisth is an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Alferez is an assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee.
The webinar will be via Zoom and there is no charge.
Gibberellic acid has been found to reduce fruit drop when applied properly and in a timely manner.
During the webinar, Vashisth will share information she has gathered from existing research studies as well as provide answers to many questions that she is receiving from growers across the state. Alferez will present findings from his research on brassinosteroids and citrus.
The webinar will include brief presentations and provide ample time for questions. Growers may submit any questions about the use of plant growth regulators in citrus prior to the webinar so that they may ensure that they are addressed during the program. Submit questions here. Meeting registration is not required for question submission.
Interested growers must preregister to receive the meeting link. Once registered, participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link. Register here.
More information may be obtained from Jamie Burrow at 863-956-8648.
A 2021 Citrus Industry article by Vashisth and fellow UF/IFAS researcher Christopher Vincent addressed HLB-associated fruit drop, including the use of gibberellic acid.
Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
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