Louise Ferguson Ph.D.

CE Pomologist
Louise Ferguson
Department of Plant Sciences
3045 Wickson Hall
Davis, CA 95616
(559) 737 3061 (M) 530-752-0507 (O)
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Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, 1984

Research Statement
My research has focused on improving production efficiency and cultivar and rootstock evaluation. Under this general heading, I have concentrated my research in these specific areas:

  • Determining salinity tolerance of 4 major pistachio rootstocks.
  • Pistachio rootstock trials to determine the contribution of rootstock and scion in alternate bearing, and to evaluate the horticultural performance of four major pistachio rootstocks.
  • Pistachio cultivar development and evaluation.
  • Evaluation of citrus rootstocks for Satsuma and Clementine mandarins and red grapefruit.
  • Evaluation of Satsuma and Clementine mandarin introductions.
  • Evaluation of foliar urea sprays on olive.
  • Developing mechanical pruning of olives.
  • Investigation of etiology of oil scum in canned olives.
  • Breeding new cultivars of non-caprifying Calimyrna type figs.
  • Investigating effect of pruning on Black Mission fig size.


Pistachio, olive, citrus, fig and persimmon production; alternate bearing, mechanical pruning, mechanical harvesting, citrus Mandarins, root stocks

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