February 20, 2020 – Dr. Lorenzo Rossi, Olives

Topic: Olive tree cultivation in Florida: Trials, Tribulations & Opportunities.

UPDATE: PowerPoint presentation

Dr. Lorenzo Rossi is an Assistant Professor at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC). His main research area is on plant root biology. He is a horticulturist with specific expertise related to root anatomy, dynamics and root system architecture. Dr. Rossi’s research program focuses on improving root health and growth on HLB-affected citrus, leading to the development of environmentally sound and effective citrus management methods. Particularly, his field and greenhouse trials aim to study the root system architecture of HLB-affected citrus root stocks, but also on specialty crops such as peaches and olive trees.

Dr. Rossi coordinates the UF/IFAS Plant Root Science Consortium, under the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture and develops and provides seminars and field days to students and growers. He is the lead instructor for the “Root and Rhizosphere Ecology” (HOS 6932) and “Advanced Horticultural Physiology” (HOS4341/HOS6932) courses in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. He is also an instructor for the “Planting Roots for the Future” international short summer course (ALS5932), which is held every year in Orlando, FL. Dr. Rossi’s laboratory is equipped with instruments needed for the study of root functions and architecture, root traits, root physiology and root imaging.

Prior to Dr. Rossi’s appointment at UF/IFAS IRREC, he completed two post doctorate positions: Texas A&M University and North Carolina State University. Originally from Italy, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Plant Biology from Italy’s most prestigious scientific university, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Remember to bring something for the Tasting Table.
Plant auction: TCRFC members (only) can bring up to 3 plants, preferably something that fruits or is edible. Anyone can bring something for the raffle. Again the preference is edible plants or garden related items.

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