Proceedings of the 131st Annual Meeting (2018)



From the Keynote Address – Florida subtropical and tropical fruit horticulture is intimately interwoven into the history and fabric of Florida. Since at least the 16th Century, indigenous peoples from the Caribbean and Latin America have introduced subtropical and tropical fruit crops to Florida and other areas of the U.S. Much more recently are the numerous individuals (e.g., David Fairchild, Wilson Popenoe, Richard Campbell, and Gary Zill), organizations [e.g., USDA–ARS, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden–Fairchild Farm, and the University of Florida (UF)], and businesses (e.g., Del Monte) that have introduced and promoted new tropical fruit species and accessions for Florida enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and growers. – Jonathan H. Crane