The January All In For Citrus podcast kicks off 2023 with a recap of a recent citrus program on gibberellic acid as well as a preview of a host of upcoming events. Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center, provides details on the various seminars scheduled on topics ranging from trunk injection to the new and improved Florida Grower Citrus Show in Fort Pierce. The show will include a targeted education program and extended break period for growers to network and share their experiences at a casual, cookout-style lunch.
“I saw the term tailgating used (for the lunch). I think it is a cool idea, and I think it will work out really well. I am excited to see how it turns out,” Rogers said.
Manjul Dutt, assistant professor of horticultural sciences with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), joins the podcast to discuss his research on the Parson Brown sweet orange. While the variety is more than 100 years old, it has captured renewed interest among growers for its apparent tolerance to HLB.
Being an early-season variety makes Parson Brown attractive due to the struggles Hamlin has experienced with HLB. While Parson Brown gets infected with HLB, yields and quality hold up well when compared to Hamlin.
Also in the January podcast, Yu Wang, a UF/IFAS associate professor of food science, talks about her research to uncover natural sweeteners found in citrus. The work could be used to enhance sweetness in orange juice and potentially could be used to improve demand and consumption.
To hear more about upcoming citrus events, the Parson Brown and all things sweet in citrus, don’t miss the January All In For Citrus podcast. The podcast is a joint partnership between UF/IFAS and AgNet Media.
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