DPI Plant Pathologist Dr. Xiaoan Sun is a FAVACA Volunteer of the Year

March 15, 2013


Dr. Xiaoan Sun, FDACS/DPI plant pathologist, will be recognized by FAVACA for his work on citrus greening in Trinidad and Dominica.

Congratulations are in order to Dr. Xiaoan Sun, FDACS/DPI plant pathologist, who will be honored as a Volunteer of the Year for 2012 by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA).

He will be recognized, along with three others,  at the Florida Chamber of Commerce International Days April 3 at 8 a.m. Dr. Sun traveled to Trinidad and most recently to Dominica to create a management strategy to eradicate citrus greening disease.

The disease is caused by a bacterium and is considered by experts to be one of the most damaging diseases affecting citrus crops. The disease obstructs the flow of nutrients in citrus trees and leads many fruits to remain green, grow lopsided and taste bitter.

Read about his work in Dominica here. 

Other volunteers who will be recognized are Terrie Temkin, Robyn  Perlman and Gail Meltzer of Core Strategies for Nonprofits work work in Haiti, Jamaica and most recently in Colombia.



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