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

Avocado Branch Canker Virtual Field Day Video and Materials Available Online

  • Sep 23, 2020

On September 17, 2020 avocado researchers and industry members from around the world joined the California Avocado Commission’s Avocado Branch Canker Virtual Field Day to review some of the latest research concerning this ubiquitous disease and pose questions to two of the world’s leading researchers. Presentations and a recording of the event are now available. 

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New Recommendations for Controlling Laurel Wilt

  • Mar 27, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Crane, professor and associate center director of the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center, Horticultural Sciences Department, and his team of researchers have published a new paper concerning the control and mitigation of laurel wilt and ambrosia beetle vectors in commercial Florida avocado groves. Learn more about observations from their latest...

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Commission Issues RFP for Pine Tree Ranch Agricultural Management Services

  • May 31, 2019

The California Avocado Commission has issued a request for proposals, seeking a farm management company interested in partnering with the Commission to provide agricultural management and grove development services at the Commission’s Pine Tree Ranch property located in Santa Paula, CA.

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Water Quality Impacts on California Avocado – A Collaborative Approach

  • Apr 15, 2019

A comprehensive understanding of how water quality impacts avocado tree health and fruit quality is still limited. Dr. Sat Darshan Khalsa and Dr. Ben Faber are leading a collaborative study of water quality impacts on California avocado trees. Learn more.

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Phytophthora Root Rot Information Sought for New Soil Microbe Research Project

  • Apr 01, 2019

Dr. Mike Coffey, Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Riverside, is working on a project to test for which microbes in avocado soils suppress Phytophthora root rot using a model greenhouse system and he needs the help of California avocado growers. If you are a grower in Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties, Dr. Coffey would like to speak with you.

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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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