Fruit and Tree Nut Research at the
Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory
The Peach Research Station was established by USDA at Fort Valley, Georgia, after a devastating loss of southeastern peaches to Plum Curculio in 1920.
Two pecan research stations were established by USDA at Thomasville, Georgia, and Monticello, Florida, after damage by pecan pests and nutrient element deficiencies threatened the destruction of the commercial U.S. pecan industry in the southeastern U.S.
Both USDA pecan research stations (i.e., at Thomasville and at Monticello) were relocated to Albany, Georgia, to address severe production limiting problems with diseases, insects, and nutrition.
The USDA Peach Station at Fort Valley, Georgia, and the USDA Pecan Station at Albany, Georgia, were relocated to Byron, Georgia, leading to establishment of the USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory (SEFTNRL).
Present--The SEFTNRL celebrates its 33rd year at Byron, Georgia, making 82 years since the inception of USDA research on fruit and tree nuts of the southeastern U.S. This research has primarily focused on pecan and peach, but has also addressed plums, apple, nectarines, blueberries, Asian pears, and Chinese chestnuts.
Benefits of Fruit and Tree Nut Research
1921 - 2003
|Production and Protection Research||Estimated Annual Savings|
|Peach Cultivars||$ 100,000,000|
|Peach Insects||$ 50,000,000|
|Fruit Diseases||$ 75,000,000|
|Pecan Insects||$ 75,000,000|
|Pecan Production||$ 25,000,000|
|Pecan Diseases||$ 50,000,000|
|Other Minor Fruit Crops||$ 1,000,000|
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|Southeastern Fruit and Nut Research Laboratory (Location Photo)|