Louise Ferguson, PhD
Director, Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center Cooperative Extension Expert
- B.S., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, State College, PA, 1969
- M.S., Plant Physiology and Horticulture, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1980
- Ph.D., Plant Physiology and Horticulture, University of Florida, Gainesville 1984
- Extension Specialist, Pomology, University of California, 1980 - present
- Assoc. Editor, Plant Growth Regulator Applications: HortScience, 1993 - present
- Director, Fruits and Nuts Information Center, University of California, 1996 - present
- Kellogg Fellow: California Ag Leadership Program, 1999 - 2001
- Vice President and President, Plant Growth Regulator Society of American, 2002 - 2005
My research has focused on improving production efficiency and cultivar and rootstock evaluation. Under this general heading, I have concentrated my research in these specific areas:
- Determining salinity tolerance of 4 major pistachio rootstocks.
- Pistachio rootstock trials to determine the contribution of rootstock and scion in alternate bearing, and to evaluate the horticultural performance of four major pistachio rootstocks.
- Pistachio cultivar development and evaluation.
- Evaluation of citrus rootstocks for Satsuma and Clementine mandarins and red grapefruit.
- Evaluation of Satsuma and Clementine mandarin introductions.
- Evaluation of foliar urea sprays on olive.
- Developing mechanical pruning of olives.
- Investigation of etiology of oil scum in canned olives.
- Breeding new cultivars of non-caprifying Calimyrna type figs.
- Investigating effect of pruning on Black Mission fig size.