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Sub Tropical Crops

Summary Develops collaborative research and extension projects and collects and disseminates information in support of production and marketing of diverse specialty crops in California.
 
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Akif Eskalen (Co-Chair)
Phone (951) 827-3499
E-Mail akif.eskalen@ucr.edu
Unit: Plant Pathology
 
Name Ben Faber (Co-Chair)
Phone (805) 645-1462
E-Mail bafaber@ucanr.edu
Unit: Ventura County
Location: Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, 93003-5401
 
Membership List
 
AES Scientist
Adaskaveg, James Plant Pathology
  Professor and Plant Pathologist Mycology, plant pathology, ecology and epidimiology of fungi
Cooksey, Donald Plant Pathology
  Emeritus Professor and Bacteriologist Bacterial diseases; molecular biology, bactericide resistance; biological control
Dandekar, Abhaya Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Geneticist-AES Transfer expression and regulation of 'transgenes' in tree crops; identification/ modification of useful genetic traits through analysis/evaluation of transgenic plants; transgenes, gene transfer, transgenic plants, gene expression, gene regulation
Lovatt, Carol Botany & Plant Sciences
  Professor   Plant Physiologist Regulation of nucleotide and arginine metabolism, biochemistry of mineral nutrition, effects of stress on nitrogen metabolism, citrus and avocado physiology, including regulation of flowering, fruitset and fruit development
Luck, Robert Entomology
  Entomologist   Professor of Entomology Behavioral and evolutionary ecology; biological control; population dynamics; pest management; forest entomology
Morse, Joseph Entomology
  Entomologist and Professor of Entomology Citrus and avocado pest management, biological control; applied insect ecology; pesticide impacts on natural enemies; resistance management
Roberts, Philip Nematology Department
  Chair, Nematologist & Professor of Nematology Nematode host-parasite relations, genetics and pest management in field and vegetable crops
Roose, Mikeal Botany & Plant Sciences
  Professor of Genetics (Dept. Chair) Plant breeding, especially citrus; genomics and evolution of citrus and asparagus; UCR asparagus breeding program
Stanghellini, Michael Plant Pathology
  Plant Pathologist & Professor Ecology, epidemiology, and control of root-infecting soil-borne fungal plant pathogens
Ullman, Diane Entomology CAES
  Professor of Entomology Insect vectors of plant pathogens: vector/pathogen interactions with an emphasis on virus pathogenesis in insect cells, vector biology and management of insect-transmitted pathogens in agricultural and ornamental ecosystems.
Vidalakis, Georgios Plant Pathology
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist & Assistant Plant Pathologist - Director Citrus Clonal Protection Program Citrus pathology, detection and monitoring, viruses and viroids
CE Advisor
Bender, Gary San Diego North County Office
  Farm Advisor-Emeritus Subtropical horticulture, deciduous fruit trees, irrigation, water quality, pest management, root rot and pathology of avocados and citrus, avocado canopy management
Bianchi, Mary San Luis Obispo County
  County Director and Horticulture Farm Advisor Horticulture, pomology, subtropicals, water management and water quality. Horticulture in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County.
Connell, Joseph Butte County
  Farm Advisor Emeritus Almonds, olives, citrus, subtropicals, ornamentals
Faber, Ben Ventura County
  Farm Advisor Soils and water, avocados and minor subtropicals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Gaskell, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Farm Advisor Specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Kallsen, Craig Kern County
  Farm Advisor Citrus, subtropical horticulture and pistachios
Lobo, Ramiro San Diego County
  Small Farms & Agricultural Economics Advisor Farm management, marketing, agricultural economics, agricultural tourism, small farms, new/specialty crops
O'Connell, Neil Tulare County
  Farm Advisor Citrus, Avocado
Phillips, Phil Santa Barbara County
  Area IPM Advisor, Emeritus Extension of IPM information and adoption of IPM through demonstration and adaptive local research; in citrus, avocados, grapes, strawberries and vegetables
Rios, Sonia Riverside County
  Area Subtropical Horticulture Advisor
Takele, Etaferahu Riverside County
  County Director/Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics Area Advisor - Farm Management /Agricultural Economics - Production economics, decision-making at the farm level, integrated input management, risk managementSubtropical Fruit Crops (Citrus, Avocados) Vegetable crops, Field CropsRiverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angles, Orange and Ventura.
CE Specialist
Arpaia, Mary Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Subtropical Horticulturist Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest factor on subtropical crop productivity and fruit quality, including rootstock, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide and nutrition management strategies
Becker, J. Nematology Department
  Cooperative Extension Specialist & Nematologist integrated pest management of plant-parasitic nematodes
Cook, Roberta Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension Food distribution, Fruit and Vegetable Marketing, International Competition and Trade, Mexican Horticultural Industry, Food safety
Eskalen, Akif Plant Pathology
  Extension Subtropical Plant Pathologist Subtropical Crops
Ferguson, Louise Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Pomologist Pistachio, olive, citrus, fig and persimmon production; alternate bearing, mechanical pruning, mechanical harvesting, citrus Mandarins, root stocks
Grafton-Cardwell, Elizabeth Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Director of Lindcove REC & Research Entomologist UC Riverside Citrus Integrated Pest Management
Harris, Linda Food Science & Technology
  CE Specialist-Food Safety   Microbiology Microbial food safety throughout the food chain. Focus is the microbiology of fresh fruits and vegetables and tree nuts.
Hoddle, Mark Entomology
  Entomologist   CE Entomology Specialist Biological control of ornamental and agricultural pests. Pest and natural enemy biology and behavior. Assessing impact of natural enemies on pest population growth
Mauk, Peggy Botany & Plant Sciences
  Director of Agricultural Operations/Subtropical Horticulture CE Specialist Citrus, avocados, and dates, crop production management, fiscal and personnel management
Reid, Michael Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist Postharvest biology and technology of ornamentals, cut flowers, flowering plants, foliage plants. Physiology of flowering and flowering control, chilling injury, mode of action of ethylene and inhibition of ethylene responses.
Wu, Laosheng Environmental Sciences
  Professor of Soil & Water Science/CE Water Management Specialist, Soil Physics, Water Management, Water Reuse, Mathematical Modeling
Other ANR
Cockerham, Stephen Dean's Office CNAS
  Superintendent Agricultural operations, field stations, turfgrass research
Dodds, Allan Plant Pathology
  Emeritus Professor   Plant Pathologist Plant virology, interactions between viruses in mixed infections, cross protection, satellite viruses, virus diseases of vegetable crops and citrus; detection of plant viruses
Filmer, Ann Dean's Office CA&ES
  Director of Communications 1) Information dissemination to stakeholders; 2) Floriculture production, postharvest handling of ornamentals
Kahn, Tracy Botany & Plant Sciences
  Principal Museum Scientist Curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection and evaluates new citrus cultivars for the citrus industry.
Semancik, Joseph Plant Pathology
  Professor   Emeritus   Plant Pathologist Viroid synthesis and pathogenesis; host-viroid interactions; viroid diseases
Urena, Alan Entomology
  Staff Research Associate Citrus pest management
Williams, Tim Botany & Plant Sciences
  Staff Research Associate
Non-UC
Headrick, David Cal Poly Entomology
  Professor arthropod and weed BC
Krueger, Robert
  Horticulturist & Curator, USDA-ARS-NCGRCD Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Citrus, Date Palms
Polek, MaryLou CDFA/CCTEA
  Research plant pathologist citrus diseases
Membership Totals
Number of Members43
ANR Members40
Non-ANR3
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