The University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center is offering an “International Technical Course Laurel Wilt of Avocado: Disease Biology, Diagnosis, Management and Economic Impact” course that will be delivered entirely in Spanish.  The course will provide basic and applied knowledge concerning the disease complex, research updates, scouting methodologies, and current management practices to control the spread of the disease

Course options are as follows:

  • One-day online course: $100
  • Three-day in-person sessions held in laboratories and orchards at the University of Florida: $300 before July 1, $400 after July 1

The online course will be held all day on October 25 and will cover the following topics:

  • Disease and vector biology
  • Disease-insect management
  • Plant ecophysiology responses to laurel wilt
  • Economic impact and mitigation efforts

The in-person sessions will consist of laboratory and field sessions, as well as a field day in local avocado orchards.

  • October 26 — lab and field sessions covering:
    • Plant pathology: disease biology, identification and diagnosis; pathogen monitoring and management; current research
    • Entomology: vector biology, identification and monitoring, management, research
  • October 27 — field day in Floridian avocado groves, followed by a round table and discussion panel

The registration deadline is September 1 and is limited to 40 attendants. Online registration is available. For more information, contact Dr. Romina Gazis at or Dr. Jonathan Crane at

25 Oct
26 Oct
University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center
Homestead, FL
27 Oct
University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center
Homestead, FL