The long-term success of California avocado growers depends on economic sustainability and enhanced profitability in an increasingly competitive industry. CAC's Production Research Program strives to help California avocado growers improve productivity, manage pests and diseases, improve cultural management practices and maintain premium brand positioning through a variety of research projects. Over the past year, specific production research projects have concentrated on improving yields with better salinity and water management, plant breeding, avocado tree monitoring, pesticide resistance and Fusarium dieback disease.

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Research News

Use of ProgGibb LV Plus® Plant Growth Regulator Increases Total Yield and Fruit Size of Hass Avocados

  • Apr 16, 2018

As of March 27, 2018, foliar application of ProGibb LV Plus® to ‘Hass’ avocado trees in commercial orchards has been approved. Dr. Carol J. Lovatt, emerita professor of plant physiology at the University of California – Riverside, recently completed research concerning the effectiveness of ProGibb LV Plus® on avocado fruit size and yield. Learn more.

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Researchers Seek Growers with Salinity or Phytophthora Root Rot Issues for Research Project

  • Mar 13, 2017

CSU Monterey Bay in conjunction with UC Riverside is conducting a research project to help growers diagnose avocado salinity stress and root rot disease early on. Researchers are looking for growers who currently have salinity problems and/or Phytophthora root rot and who would be willing to have them take leaf, root, and soil samples on their properties within the next few weeks. Learn more.

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Disappointing Results In Uniconazole-P Field Trials

  • Oct 19, 2014

The final report from Dr. Carol Lovatt, UC Riverside, for Uniconazole-P commercial field tests in California on Hass avocado trees resulted in negative effects on yield, fruit size and fruit quality.

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Avocado Problem Solver Field Guide Survey

  • Apr 16, 2014

The Queensland avocado industry has compiled an Avocado Problem Solver Field Guide. Please take a brief survey to indicate if you would be interested in receiving a copy.

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PSHB Exploration in Vietnam

  • Apr 09, 2014

Drs. Richard Stouthamer and Akif Eskalen recently visited Vietnam to learn about polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) pest management opportunities. Read more about their discoveries and future PSHB research.

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