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    Center for Viticultural Sciences
    The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
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    Veterinary Technology
    Advances in both veterinary medicine technology and technique are the fuel firing the increased demand for well-trained individuals to work as veterinary technologists.
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Florida A&M University National Clean Plant (NCPN) Center for Grape

Pierce'sdisease is the main limitation for the majority of the Southeastern U.S. and commercial grape growing is solely based on the native muscadines and Florida hybrid bunch grapes.  The rapid expansion of wine industry in Florida and southeastern U.S. already predispose the viticulture enterprise to several disease problems such as Eutypa dieback, crown gall, and leafrollvirus. Due to the detrimental impact of these diseases, we have identified them as the high priority diseases for research and development in the state and the region. It is our certainty that teaching, research, and extension in this area will keep the viticulture industry viable by minimizing the disease incidence.

The Southeastern Vine Improvement and Distribution Program is focused to provide services to the Southeastern ((PD’s restricted) Viticulture region by:

  • Producing high quality disease free muscadine and Florida hybrid grape varieties.
  • Conduct research and developed rapid methods for diagnostic of muscadine and PD tolerant American native grape varieties for crown gall, viruses and Eutypa
  • Sustain the foundation block G1/G2.
  • Establish “Diagnostic Facility for American Native Grapes”
  • Assist the extension and certification program.

Consequently, these activities will help the local grape and wine industry to grow and sustain as well as contribute to the national standards for clean planting material  of the muscadine and Florida native hybrid varieties.


Dr. Violeta Tsolova – Program Leader: 850-412-7394 violetka.colova@famu.edu

Dr. Anthony Ananga – Associate Professor Food Biotechnology: 850-412-7393 anthony.ananga@famu.edu

Dr. Bobby Phills-Professor Horticulture: 850-599-8685 bobby.phills@famu.edu

Dr. Stephen Leong-Professor Agricultural Economy: 850-412-5188 stephen.leong@famu.edu

Ray Payne – Field Assistant

Jesus Jeminez – Field Assistant