Speaker Spotlight: Jawwad Qureshi

Jawwad Qureshi

Jawwad Qureshi, assistant professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will be speaking on management of Asian citrus psyllids at the 2017 Citrus Expo.

Qureshi’s talk will cover conventional management systems compared to organic production systems, which are being studied in large-scale citrus groves. He says it is important to plan for the future and make sure these programs can be used long-term. These studies are taking place because it is not realistic for growers to be increasing frequency of pesticide applications due to cost, as well as potential negative environmental impact.

Results of the two systems have not differed too much, Qureshi says. The conventional system does have higher psyllid reduction numbers than the organic systems, but he says the numbers are not too far apart.

Qureshi will be speaking on why organic systems are needed, what research is occurring to get growers the tools they need, and what the organic and conventional systems include.

Listen to the full interview here:

The 2017 Citrus Expo will be help on August 16–17 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. All pre-registered growers will be eligible for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group. Pre-registration ends Monday, August 14 at 11:59 p.m., so don’t wait; register today.

As growers pre-register, they are encouraged to participate in the 2017 bactericide survey. Take the survey here. Conducted by AgNet Media in cooperation with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, the 2017 survey will build on knowledge gathered from the 2016 survey. Results of the survey will be presented during the Citrus Expo seminar program. You can view the full Citrus Expo program here.

For more information or to register, visit citrusexpo.net.

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