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Florida hires new scientist to fight citrus greening

Jawwad A. Qureshi, an entomologist with a decade of research focused on Florida's iconic citrus industry has joined the faculty of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Indian River Research and Education Center, to help tackle citrus greening disease. 

Qureshi was selected for a new position as assistant professor of entomology at UF/IFAS IRREC, near Fort Pierce, Florida. 

“Dr. Qureshi is one of the world’s few entomologists who have expertise in integrated pest management focused specifically on citrus,” said UF/IFAS IRREC interim director Ronald D. Cave. “His work is much needed in the region known worldwide for the highest quality fresh citrus product.”

According to Cave, Qureshi’s expertise with insect pest management for the citrus industry is critically valuable to the state’s citrus industry at a time when huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, has had a negative impact on the crop statewide.

Qureshi was, in 2012, recognized as Entomologist of the Year for his work to develop a sampling method for the Asian citrus psyllid, commonly known as ‘tap sampling method.’ This method has become an invaluable tool for researchers, growers and consultants who require rapid estimation of the Asian citrus psyllid to assist them in making decisions to control the psyllid in groves.

His work on dormant season control of Asian citrus psyllid using sprays of broad-spectrum insecticides in winter provides an effective tactic for integrated management of this pest and is now practiced throughout Florida.

In keeping with the UF/IFAS goal to develop management strategies for citrus production, Qureshi’s placement at the UF/IFAS IRREC puts him in the center of the world’s premier fresh fruit citrus production region. “I look forward to working with growers and industry to conducting entomological research for the development of knowledge-based pest management systems which utilize multiple control tactics,” said Qureshi.

For more information:
Robin Koestoyo
Tel: 772-577-7366

Jawwad A. Qureshi
Tel: 772-577-7339

Publication date: 7/28/2016


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