Eugene McAvoy

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Groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV) and Tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV) are two emerging tospoviruses in Florida. In a survey of the southeastern United States, GRSV and TCSV were frequently detected in solanaceous crops and weeds with tospovirus-like symptoms in south Florida, and occurred sympatrically with Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in tomato and(More)
Enriching environmental samples to increase the probability of detection has been standard practice throughout the history of microbiology. However, by its very nature, the process of enrichment creates a biased sample that may have unintended consequences for surveillance or resolving a pathogenic outbreak. With the advent of next-generation sequencing and(More)
With increasing environmental concerns, the sharp cost increase of fertilizer and the absence of a soil test to predict nitrogen (N) needs of tomato (Solanum lycopersicon L.) grown on Florida’s sandy soils, a partnership was created with growers, state agencies, and the University of Florida, Institution of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The(More)
INTRODUCTION Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and Fusarium crown rot (FCR), caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici (FORL) are considered by some to be the worst tomato virus and soil fungal disease affecting the tomato industry in South Florida. Both diseases cause a significant yield reduction in tomato production. Plants infected(More)
This project is aimed at rapidly producing superior tomato varieties combining resistance to multiple diseases affecting Florida tomato production. Six different disease resistance targets are being backcrossed into 14 elite breeding lines using marker assisted selection and/or phenotypic screens. As possible, efforts are being made to reduce the effect of(More)
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