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July 12, 2013

A summary of FDACS/DPI social media activities for this week

Mango festival featured on blog

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Mango

This week our blog posts focused on tropical fruits. We helped promote this weekend’s International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables by publishing a brief history of that fruit in Florida, beginning with its introduction to the state by pirates two centuries ago. In 1889, David Fairchild, for whom the botanical garden is named, introduced grafted varieties. Although only a few mangos are now produced commercially in Florida, it is a popular backyard fruit and most of the commercial mango varieties grown elsewhere were developed here.

Colorful dragon fruit an interesting newcomer to tropical fruit production in South Florida

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

On “Wacky Wednesday,” we introduced friends and followers to the colorful dragon fruit, a relative newcomer to South Florida’s tropical fruit production, through a guest blog by Mary Ostlund at Brooks Tropicals.

Fruit fly detection and prevention all in a day’s work at FDACS/DPI

The Division of Plant Industry, in cooperation with USDA, works every day to prevent crop-damaging outbreaks of exotic fruit flies, including the Mediterranean fruit fly. An entry on our blog outlined

A Medfly

A Medfly

detection and prevention measures that are in place against exotic fruit flies, including the Medfly, which has periodically plagued Florida agriculture since the 1920s. Today, inspectors place and regularly monitor traps in vulnerable areas of the state. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Preventive Release Program continually releases millions of sterile Medflies throughout high-risk areas of the state. Sterile males mate with any wild females they may encounter, preventing reproduction.

South Florida Bee College coming up in August

BeeCollegeLogoThe South Florida Bee College will be held at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab in Fort Lauderdale from 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 (EDT). Anyone who has an interest in bees or beekeeping is invite to register at http://southfloridabeecollege-efbevent.eventbrite.com/#

Webinar on communicating with media scheduled for July 17

The UF/IFAS PIE Center offers its July webinar, “Communicating with the news media: How to work with the industry everyone loves to hate,” with U.F. Professor Dr. Ricky Telg on July 17, 2-3 p.m. EDT. Advance registration is required. More information at http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=418df07bfb29016dfe47a6eb7&id=a5d3ee39be

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