Speaker Spotlight: Scott Adkins

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Canine detection of squash vein yellowing virus in fallow fields shows promise for pre-season scouting of reservoir hosts for this pathogen causing viral watermelon vine decline. In this photo, the detector dog has alerted on a symptomless virus-infected Balsam apple plant, a common reservoir host in Florida.

This year, AgNet Media is expanding the Florida Grower Citrus Show to include vegetable seminars. Scott Adkins, U.S. Department of Agriculture research leader, will be talking about what’s new in vegetable viruses and detector dogs during the afternoon breakout session.

Adkins will discuss new and emerging problems that come with Florida’s sub-tropical climate. His talk will highlight a new way growers can find viruses before it is too late. “That is where the dogs come in,” he says.

The trained dogs sample and smell the whole plant to detect viruses, from the root to the top of the plant. “With the dogs, you can take real-time action,” Adkins says. “There is always a need for new ways to detect and manage these viruses.”

His presentation will take place at 2:50 p.m. on April 13.

Registration is complimentary for commercial growers, farm owners and managers, professional crop advisers, association executives and board members, and the government, legislative and agricultural research communities.

The trade show is currently sold out, but if you fill out a registration form, your company can be added to the exhibitor wait list. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available. Reach out to events@agnetmedia.com to secure your sponsorship.

Complete details about the seminar sessions are available here. Be sure to mark your calendar for the new and improved Florida Grower Citrus Show on April 13. To learn more, including host hotel information, visit FLCitrusShow.com.