Fruit and Pecan Production

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Dr. M. Elena Garcia

My research responsibilities include designing and conducting research that addresses the needs of the state's fruit and pecan industry. One of my main priories has been to determine areas of research necessary for the industry's sustained growth. Utilizing various means of communication with growers, colleagues, and industry representatives, I am able to identify principal areas of research to which resources should be allocated. These areas include cultural practices such as cultivar selection, nutrition, extended season production, and organic production. Currently, I have several on-going, long term or recently-completed research projects:

Fruit and Pecan Production

  • Using new alternatives to enhance adoption of organic apple production though integrated research, education, and extension (interdisciplinary, collaborative effort with the University of Vermont where research is being conducted and the University of Maine). This project received initial USDA OAREI in 2006 and it was refunded for three years in 2009.
  • Assessment of Arkansas blueberry industry.
  • Effect of biofumigation and solarization on strawberry plant growth and yield under three different climatic conditions in Arkansas.blueberries
  • Pruning management for primocane-fruiting blackberry production in high tunnels in Arkansas
  • Blueberry cultivar evaluation under conventional and organic systems.
  • Assessment of Arkansas pecan industry
  • Yield dynamics of primocane-fruiting blackberries in and out of high tunnels, including degree day estimations of five primocane-fruiting genotypes.
  • Low temperature effects on flower formation and fruit development in primocane-fruiting raspberries and blackberries for high tunnel production.