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The mission of the Citrus & Other Subtropical Products Unit is to conduct agricultural, postharvest and food science research from “farm to fork to by-products”. The Unit mission is to: 1) grow fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops in a subtropical climate using sustainable methods with reduced chemical input; 2) use sensory analyses to determine perceptible quality and flavor traits as affected by genetics, cultural practices, disease or postharvest/processing techniques; 3) conduct chemical analyses for flavor compounds, nutrients and phytonutrients for correlation to agricultural practices and sensory analyses to enhance or predict flavor quality and health benefits; 4) work with plant breeders to identify advanced breeding lines with desired levels of flavor or health-related compounds; 5) investigate by-products from the citrus processing waste stream for industrial, pharmacological, and food-related product development.
The Citrus and Other Subtropical Products Research is located in Fort Pierce, FL and is part of the Southeast Area.
The Research Leader is Erin Rosskopf.
Phone: 772-462-5976
Fax: 772-462-5801
U.S. Horticultural Res Lab
2001 S. Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945