Gene Albrigo has led a distinguished career for decades in the Florida citrus industry as a research scientist at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center at Lake Alfred (UF/IFAS CREC). His research focused on understanding the interaction of citrus trees and fruit with pests, diseases and environmental stresses and has been instrumental in a variety of areas, including protecting fruit from canker and most recently, understanding symptom development of greening (HLB). He also created a grower friendly model to predict strength and dates of citrus tree flowering, resulting in the “Flower Bud Induction Advisory” reports and the development of increased flower induction through nutritional sprays. An outstanding educator, he led the development of the MS degree in citriculture and developed three Horticultural Sciences Department courses which drew students from around the world to his classes. He also developed the audio-video delivery of classes within the College of Agriculture, which became the standard for IFAS-wide Distance Education delivery of classes, meetings and conferences. His graduate students are in influential positions both in the Florida citrus industry and throughout the world. Albrigo has over 130 published works and has published the book “Citrus,” with Fred S. Davies, which covers all aspects of citrus production. An active member of many horticultural-related organizations, he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Florida State Horticultural Society for his almost 50 years of service to the organization. Although he retired in 2010, he continues to work on grant-funded research at CREC - commuting from his home in Daytona Beach and staying in Polk County three days a week. John Jackson, Chairman of the FCHOF, noted “For Gene, it’s not just a job – it’s a commitment to the growers and dedication to the industry.”
Congratulations-this is great news. Gene contributes significantly to Florida's citrus industry. He has always been dedicated to research, extension, and teaching students at UF. He was also a skilled volleyball player at the Lake Alfred Citrus Research & Education center.