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The long-term success of California avocado growers depends on economic sustainability and enhanced profitability in an increasingly competitive industry. CAC's Production Research Program strives to help California avocado growers improve productivity, manage pests and diseases, improve cultural management practices and maintain premium brand positioning through a variety of research projects. Over the past year, specific production research projects have concentrated on improving yields with better salinity and water management, plant breeding, avocado tree monitoring, pesticide resistance and Fusarium dieback disease.

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Research News

April 9, 2014

Drs. Richard Stouthamer and Akif Eskalen recently visited Vietnam to learn about polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) pest management opportunities. Read more about their discoveries and future PSHB research.

August 13, 2013

by Tim Spann, Research Project Manager
Jonathan Dixon, CAC Research Program Director, and I, traveled to Florida from August 4-7 to visit with several avocado and plant breeding researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) lab in Miami, and the University of Florida (UF). While at the USDA lab we primarily met with Dr. David Kuhn, Plant Molecular Biologist, who is an expert in avocado genetics and molecular biology.

July 28, 2013

The Production Research Committee had a teleconference meeting on July 11 and a face-to-face meeting on July 17 to discuss the 10 research proposals submitted for fiscal year 2013/14 funding. Based on the discussion at the teleconference meeting, three researchers were asked to make presentations at the July 17 meeting to provide the Committee with more information regarding their proposals.