Speaker Spotlight: Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski. Image used in the 2014 Research Discoveries report.

Growers are constantly striving to find ways to control Asian citrus psyllids in their groves. During the 2018 Citrus Expo educational program, Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski, associate professor of entomology at the University of Florida, will discuss research trials her lab has been conducting for years.

According to Pelz-Stelinski, her lab does a lot of work on bactericides and their efficacy in citrus crops. During her presentation, she will show some efficacy data from her research. “(This data) will be relative to the application methods and the effects of these products that are commercially available for use on Asian citrus psyllid,” she explains.

One question Pelz-Stelinski gets often is whether or not commercially available bactericides, like FireWall and FireLine, have the ability to reduce psyllid transmission of Liberibacter. She will provide the answer in her presentation at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Citrus Expo will take place August 15–16 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. Growers will not want to miss this year’s event, so don’t wait. Click here or call 352-671-1909 to pre-register. All pre-registered growers will be automatically entered for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group.

Due to a staggering amount of support, Citrus Expo is currently sold out of indoor exhibitor space, but there are outdoor booths available. If you would like to exhibit outdoors or be added to the waiting list for indoor space, please fill out a registration form.

Information about the seminar sessions is now available. Click here to view the seminar schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar for Citrus Expo’s biggest year yet! To learn more about Citrus Expo, including host hotel information, visit CitrusExpo.net.

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