Passion fruit Conference

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Day 1

June 14, 2022

8:30 AM

Welcome, introductions, and objectives: Stafne (MSU) and Crane (UF)

Charles LaPradd

Agriculture Manager

Miami-Dade County

Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources

9:00 AM

Overview and discussion of stakeholder survey results: Downey (MSU)

9:45 AM

Coffee break (provided)

10:00 AM

Industry perspectives: presentations by marketing and shipping representatives addressing challenges and opportunities for the wholesale fresh-market and processing industries

Johnny Hoblick -- AgriStarts

11:00 AM

Growers' perspectives: presentations about the biggest challenges and opportunities of the horizon

Olga Farina (video)

Ken Love

12:00 PM

Lunch (provided)

Shiver's BBQ

1:00 PM

Field trip to local passion fruit producers

Osvany Rodriguez

Jackie Chen

4:00 PM

Reconvene group for discussion and recap

5:00 PM

End for day (dinner on own)

Day 2

JUNE 15, 2022

8:00 AM

Recap of day 1: Stafne (MSU)

8:45 AM

Breakout groups based on focus areas (breeding and genetics, pests and disease, production horticultural management, marketing, and extension) with industry stakeholders as available

Breeding/Genetics – Josh Anderson/Manjul Dutt

Pest/Disease – Romina Gazis/Daniel Carrillo/Dara Stockton

Horticulture Production – Jonathan Crane

Marketing – Trent Blare

Extension/Education – Eric Stafne/Jeff Wasilewski

Online – Laura Downey/Ben Posadas

9:45 AM

Coffee break (provided)

10:00 AM

Reports from first breakout groups to whole team

10:45 AM

Reconfigure breakout groups based on production region to allow participation by others in different focus groups

12:00 PM

Lunch (provided) TBA

1:00 PM

Reports from second breakout groups to whole team

2:00 PM

Group discussion on common ground and opportunities for an USDA-NIFA-SCRI SREP or CAP proposal

3:00 PM

Presentations on current research and extension efforts related to passion fruit


Tools to analyze your passion fruit enterprise's profitability, V. Contreras, University of Florida

How to market in a digital era, T. Blare, University of Florida

Seed Structure Differences and Genetic/Phenotypic Variability Amongst Colombian Accessions of Purple Passion Fruit, Passiflora edulis f. edulis N. Rodriquez, L. Melgarejo, D. Demissie, and M. Blair*, Tennessee State University.

Status of conventional and organic pest control for U.S. passionfruit, J. Crane, University of Florida

Passion Fruit Stem Canker, J. Anderson, University of Florida

Establishing Gene Editing Technology to Generate Seedless Passion Fruit, E. Garcia, A. Chambers, and T. Liu, University of Florida

Passionfruit pollination and pollinators, D. Carrillo, University of Florida

Liliko'i (passion fruit) production in Hawai'I, K. Love, Hawaiian Tropical Fruit Growers

4:00 PM

Closing remarks and next steps: Stafne (UA) and Crane (UF)

5:00 PM

End of meeting

By Ben Faber
Author - Advisor