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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.

Citrus Greening Testing for Commercial and Residential Citrus

Good news for Georgia citrus growers! My citrus pathology extension program was awarded a grant from the 2019 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to conduct a “Statewide survey of citrus greening caused by Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus” in 2020 and 2021. This means that each year, UGA Cooperative Extension Personnel…
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UGA Citrus Greening Survey Results (Spring 2019)

Survey Information: In Spring 2019, a team of UGA extension specialists and agents initiated a survey of select residential and commercial citrus sites in southern and coastal Georgia to investigate the prevalence of Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease. Citrus leaf samples were collected during…
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Comment Period for Proposed Adoption of Citrus Regulations and Quarantine (closes on Oct. 4th)

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has recently announced a “Notice of Intent to Consider the Adoption of Citrus Regulations and Quarantine“. Regarding the proposed rules, the Department will be accepting written comments from September 3, 2019, to the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on October 4, 2019. Comments will…
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Welcome to the UGA Citrus Blog!

Welcome to the UGA Citrus Blog! This blog is an initiative of the UGA Citrus Team in order to provide Georgia citrus growers with the most updated information on all aspects of citrus production. Periodically, members of the UGA Citrus Team will post information and provide updates relating to citrus…
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