Dr. Ozgur Batuman | Plant Pathology Department | University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee FL
Juan is originally from Mexico and has extensive experience with plants, as he owned his own landscaping business in the city of Miami before moving to Naples. As part of the Citrus Pathology Lab team, Juan is in charge of the general maintenance of field equipment, greenhouses/equipment and oversight of running experiments in terms of irrigation, fertilization, pruning, sampling and data collection, and grafting. Juan is the head of field experiment logistics and chemical applications. He is involved in the chemical spraying in greenhouses for disease and pest management and prevention of HLB, as well as the spraying applications in several Field Trials, such as the Citrus Black Spot and Citrus Canker trials.
Juan values doing his job to the best of his abilities and ensuring accurate results throughout experiments in greenhouses and out in the field. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his wife and three sons.