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Upcoming Blueberry Fruit Quality Webinar

Georgia blueberry growers are invited to attend an upcoming Blueberry Fruit Quality Webinar on Thursday, October 13th @ 7PM. Members of the UGA Extension Blueberry Team including Dr. Jonathan Oliver, Dr. Zilfina Rubio Ames, and Dr. Angelos Deltsidis will provide a brief overview of factors affecting blueberry fruit quality, highlight recent efforts to elucidate the causes of postharvest quality issues, and preview plans for research during the upcoming blueberry growing season. This webinar will be conducted via Zoom, and a link to the live presentation will be distributed by UGA Extension. For those unable to join on October 13th, a recording of the webinar will be made available for subsequent viewing.

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About Jonathan Oliver

Dr. Jonathan Oliver is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia. He has a 75% research and 25% extension appointment. Dr. Oliver started in his current position at the University of Georgia in mid-2017 as an extension fruit pathologist at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. His responsibilities include research and extension activities focused on pathogen biology and disease management in fruit crops grown primarily in the southern part of Georgia, including blueberries, blackberries, citrus, and other emerging fruit crops. Dr. Oliver obtained a BS degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology & Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2005, and a PhD in Plant Microbe Biology from Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY in 2011. In addition, he has also been postdoctoral researcher at Kansas State University and Auburn University. At Auburn, he characterized the interactions between the emerging bacterial pathogen, Xylella fastidiosa, and its blueberry plant hosts. He currently serves as a Plant Pathology Section editor for the Southeast Regional Blueberry Integrated Management Guide.