Location: Fruit and Tree Nut ResearchTitle: The USDA-ARS, Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station, Byron Georgia:Some key accomplishments from the past 50 years and a look toward the future
Submitted to: Pecan South
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/14/2022
Publication Date: 3/1/2023
Citation: Shapiro Ilan, D.I., Bock, C.H., Cottrell, T.E., Pisani, C. 2023. The USDA-ARS, Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station, Byron Georgia:Some key accomplishments from the past 50 years and a look toward the future. Pecan South. Vol 56, No.1; 40-51.
Technical Abstract: The USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station has been in operation slightly more than 50 years. In this article we highlight some of the key accomplishments from the past 50 years, and also present current research and future directions. Some of the main accomplishments include the following: 1) development of monitoring and control methods for pecan weevil (Curculio caryae), 2) elucidating the biology and novel control mechanisms for pecan aphids, 3) discovery of nickel as an essential element in pecan cultivation, 4) Determined the benefits of hedge-pruning pecan, and 5) Increased efficiency of fungicide spray regimes and technology for control of pecan scab (Venturia effusa). The focus of current and future research is on additional advances in control of pecan insect pests and disease, exploration of pecan genomics for improved pecan productivity and disease control, development of pecan food safety measures, and investigation of small ruminant grazing in pecan orchards.