Citrus Pest Management Course Offered

Josh McGillEducation, Pests

Citrus industry workers interested in learning more about citrus pest management are encouraged to enroll in Citrus Pest Management, a 16-week course taught by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty in the fall of 2023. The class provides a comprehensive overview of citrus pests and how best to manage them in today’s citrus greening environment. The course is offered both for credit (3 credit hours) and non-credit.


Citrus Pest Management is a graduate-level class for students and citrus industry personnel working in the area of pest management. The course reviews the latest tactics and strategies available to manage diseases and arthropod, nematode and weed pests of citrus. Emphasis is given to techniques by which pest and disease organisms are monitored and how this information is used to effectively manage pests with the least risk to the environment. 

Covered topics include:

  • Identification and biology of citrus pests and diseases
  • Pest and disease monitoring
  • Ecological and economic principles as a basis for pest management
  • Economic thresholds and management models
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) in citrus
  • The evolution of IPM in the era of citrus greening

The course, taught by experts in each area, is coordinated by Larry Duncan, UF/IFAS professor of nematology. The class will be offered in person at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred on Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., from Aug. 23 through Dec. 6. Students may also attend online. Continuing education units will be offered. Registration is until 5 p.m. on Aug. 22, and students are strongly encouraged to register early. 

Regular students must complete the registration procedures here. Non-degree students must complete an application here. Contact Elena Alyanaya (, 352-273-3912) or Cam Jacques (, 352-273-3913) with registration questions.

Citrus industry employees are encouraged to inquire if their employer will cover the cost of the course. The cost of the course is $503.44 per credit hour. State tuition waivers are accepted. For additional information about the class, contact Duncan at or 863-956-8822.

Source: UF/IFAS

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