My research program focuses on understanding with a science-based approach, the biotic and abiotic factors that limit tree crop productivity. The outcome of this research is extended to stakeholders including industry groups, commodities, state and federal agencies, research institutions and the general public.
Specifically, my lab is working on invasive and endemic vascular diseases of tree crops including citrus Huanglongbing, Pierce's disease of grapevine, and fungal vascular diseases of fruit and nut crops. My research program is evaluating sustainable management practices that can be implemented to mitigate the economic impact caused by these diseases. In addition, my lab is exploring alternative cultural practices such as high density planting, biochar soil amendments, and undercover production systems to optimize crop productivity in avocado, mango and citrus.
Cooperative Extension Specialist
University of California
Department of Botany & Plant Sciences
900 University Ave, 3214 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521
Office: (951) 827-6988