7:00 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden
2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34952
Our speaker in April is Garima Kakkar. The topic is the work UF does on citrus problems and possible solutions.
Ms. Kakkar has been a part of University of Florida/IFAS since 2008 when she started her master’s degree program on integrated management of horticultural pests at the TREC-University of Florida in Homestead. Her research was focused on invasive whitefly and thrips management on several important vegetable crops including beans, cucumber, pepper, squash, and tomatoes grown in Miami-Dade area. On completion of MS program, she proceeded with her doctoral research at FLREC, UF focused on the management of Formosan subterranean termites. During her brief Post-doctoral research period at USHRL, Ft. Pierce, she worked on vector-mediated plant diseases of tomatoes and beans in South Florida. Currently, she is stationed at St. Lucie UF/IFAS extension office and her primary responsibility is to help citrus growers in Indian River and St. Lucie counties.
• If you have any fruit to spare, or a new recipe you want to share, please bring something for the tasting table.
• Don’t forget to bring items for the raffle table, or seeds for the seed-sharing table.