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30th Annual

INTERNATIONAL

TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS CONFERENCE

Keeping it Local

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Q&A CALL

The follow-on Q&A call was a lively discussion about the presentations and questions from virtual conference attendees and adds depth to the conference. Be sure to download the chat transcript as well.

 
 

MESSAGE FROM HDOA

PHYLLIS SHIMABUKURO GEISER

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ALOHA & WELCOME

KEN LOVE

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PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARK SUISO

WORLD BANANA TOUR

GABRIEL SACHTER-SMITH

I started studying and growing bananas around 2004 at the age of 13 in Colorado, beginning with indoor potted plants. I spent much of high school just reading about bananas. I did, however, manage to get a few to fruit indoors which also kicked off my experiments with breeding and led to my first scientific endeavor when showcasing my breeding efforts in science fairs. 

 

Following high school, I decided to study tropical plant sciences at the University of Hawaii’s CTAHR to allow myself full immersion into the world of bananas. During that time I helped to start and manage a student farm program where I was able to begin honing my banana cultivation skills, all the while directing every possible class assignment towards bananas to create excuses to learn about them further. 

 

As part of my undergraduate program, in 2010 I had my first real field experience abroad for a summer hosted at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA) banana breeding program in Uganda. There, I learned not only about breeding schemes and techniques, but also about field characterization and documentation. 

 

My first assignment abroad came the year after in the form of a one month trip to Fiji and the Solomon Islands to assist in training field collection curators in morphological characterization. 

 

I continued on at UH for my MS degree, focusing on plant breeding and genetics, with a thesis project studying naturally occurring Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) resistance. 

 

Now graduated, I’ve managed to weave together a non-standard career of banana diversity explorations throughout Asia and the Pacific, farming on Oahu’s North Shore, and an ever expanding banana breeding program. 

 

Some current specific projects include:

-Propagation, distribution and fruit production of Hawaiian traditional cultivars

-Refining of on-farm mass clean plant propagation systems

-Breeding for shorter fruiting cycles and BBTV tolerance

-Integration of animals into banana cropping systems

-Intensification of certified organic and agroecologically mindful intensive banana fruit production 

 

BREADFRUIT VARIETIES

NOA KEKUEWA LINCOLN

 

NEW CULTIVARS & SPECIES

KEN LOVE

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HAWAIIAN CACAO & TERROIR

NAT BLETTER

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MESSAGE FROM

SENATOR

MIKE GABBARD

CHAIR, AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

  • Senator Mike Gabbard represents Hawai`i's 20th Senate District (West O`ahu) and has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 2006.     

  • He currently is the Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee for seven years.   

  • His daughter, Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, represents Congressional District 2 in the US House of Representatives. 

  • Senator Gabbard is committed to doing all he can as the Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee to expand our agricultural sector and increase food self-sufficiency in our islands.

Senator Mike Gabbard
Chair, Agriculture and Environment Committee

Hawai’i State Capitol, Room 201
Honolulu, Hawai`i  96813
Ph: 586-6830  Fax: 586-6679

P.S. Click HERE to check out my Senate webpage

HLB TOLERANT/RESISTANT SCIONS

ED STOVER

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THE WONDERS OF ROOT-STOCKS

FOR TROPICAL FRUITS

JOHN E. PREECE Ph.D.

Supervisory Research Leader/Horticulturist

National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Davis, CA and

National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Parlier, CA

and Acting Supervisory Research Leader

National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus and Dates, Riverside, CA

USDA-ARS

 

DRAGON FRUIT

ROBERT PAULL

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INSECT MANAGE-MENT OPTIONS

MARK G. WRIGHT

Mark G Wright
Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, CTAHR, University of Hawaii at Manoa
markwrig@hawaii.edu

 

QUEENS-

LAND

LONG-

HORNED BEETLE

SHEINA SIM

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HTFG QUARAN-TINE GREEN-HOUSE

KEN LOVE

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USDA NASS

SHAWN CLARK

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POST HARVEST RADIATION TREATMENT

DR. PETER FOLLETT

Dr. Peter Follett is a Research Entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Hilo, Hawaii, where he coordinates research efforts to develop new or improved postharvest treatments to control quarantine pests that restrict the export of tropical fruits and vegetables. He has authored or co-authored 180 scientific publications and is recognized internationally as an expert in the areas of postharvest entomology and commodity quarantine treatment. His research on the radiobiology of more than three dozen insect pests has been used to develop first-ever generic irradiation treatments, which are now used worldwide and have helped expand international trade in tropical fruits and vegetables. Dr. Follett received the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology, the USDA Secretary’s Group Honor Award for Excellence, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for his accomplishments in phytosanitary irradiation research and commodity quarantine treatment development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, Hawaii, USA

 

CONTACT

Peter A. Follett, PhD
Research Entomologist
USDA-ARS, Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center
64 Nowelo St., Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Cell phone: 808-443-8031
Office: 808-959-4303
Email: peter.follett@usda.gov

http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=46888

New Book:

Irradiation for Quality Improvement, Microbial Safety and Phytosanitation of Fresh Produce

1st Edition

QUARAN-TINE UPDATES

DR. PETER FOLLETT

 

HAWAII PEPPER-

CORN

PROPAGA-TION

PAUL DE FILIPPI

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PICKING MANGOS

MARK SUISO

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HAWAII MASTER FOOD PRESERVERS

KEN LOVE

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OAHU CHAPTER REPORT

NOE NEUMANN

BONUS MATERIALS

FINGER LIMES

 

FREE 7-page paper authored by Ken Love and Robert E. Paull.

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BUSH TUCKER IN HAWAII

FREE 17-page paper authored by Ken Love and Robert E. Paull.

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Tropical Fruit Posters

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