November 14-16, 2004
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Naples, FL, USA

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Plan to attend The 2012 International Pepper Conference hosted by IFAS, University of Florida

November 4-6, 2012
Naples, Florida

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Site Index

l Introduction l Preliminary Agenda l Conference Sponsors
l Overview l Poster Directory l Related Sites
l Programmatic Topics l Commercial Field Tour l Area Information
l Call for Abstracts l Pre-Conference Tours l Conference Organizers
l Why You Should Attend l Registration Information l For More Information
l Keynote Speakers l Hotel Accommodations
l Guidelines for Speakers (PDF) l Guidelines for Poster Presenters (PDF)

l National Pepper Conference History

l Conference Abstract Book (PDF)


Introduction

Dear Colleague,

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the
17th International Pepper Conference scheduled November 14-16, 2004 in Naples, Florida, USA.

We ask everyone with Internet access to use the symposium web page whenever possible. You will soon be able to submit your abstract online, register for the conference online and even find out about airline, hotel and other travel arrangements. And, you will be able to conveniently pay for your registration fee with a Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express credit card. Please take a moment to add our web site address to your bookmark list.

This international conference will provide numerous opportunities for participants to share up-to-date information and research, and to discuss common concerns with colleagues from around the world. This exchange of information is vital to the continued improvement and international advancement of peppers and we invite you to join us.

See you in Naples!

Gene McAvoy
Symposium Organizer

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Overview

In recent years, interest and demand for peppers has increased dramatically worldwide and peppers are no longer considered a minor crop in the global market.  For the past 25 years, the International Pepper Conference has attracted prominent scientists, researchers, breeders, horticulturists, pathologists, entomologists, geneticists, physiologists, virologists, extension agents, seed and chemical company representatives, major processors, growers, and chile aficionados from around the world and is now recognized as the premier venue for the dissemination and exchange of information on Capsicum. All pepper types including bell, long green/red chile, high color paprika, ancho, pimiento, cayenne, tabasco, jalapeno, yellow pickling, serrano, and cherry peppers will be a focus of the conference.

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Programmatic Topics

The aim of the conference is to bring together those with an interest in the current status of pepper research, extension and technology.  Topics of interest will include: 

  • Breeding and Genetics (germplasm evaluation and utilization, crop physiology and technology
  • Horticultural Management and Production (production methods, cultural systems and sustainable approaches;)
  • Integrated Pest Management (insect and disease management, biological control)
  • Post Harvest Issues (post harvest physiology and technology, economics, marketing and trade)

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Call for Abstracts

All individuals involved in research or research, extension and technology of Capsicum are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission form following the detailed submission instructions posted on the conference web site.

 

The Abstract Submission
deadline has been passed.

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Why You Should Attend

This conference will give growers, industry, processors, brokers, and scientists a place to make new business relationships, meet specialists in the different fields, and have access to the latest technology, products and services to perform their respective jobs better. If you have an interest in peppers you cannot afford to miss this conference. 
It will provide an unsurpassed opportunity for networking and the multi-disciplinary sharing and exchange of the latest scientific and practical information related to pepper breeding, production and processing.  All day field tours will provide an opportunity to visit state-of-the-art commercial production fields, packing facilities and breeding stations around Southwest Florida.  In addition to the camaraderie and educational opportunities, the conference will provide a great chance to explore Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding natural wonders such as the Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands and the Big Cypress National Preserve.

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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Jean Andrews,  "The Pepper Lady"

While there are many, many reasons why hot peppers have come into their own and have blossomed into objects of public interest and enjoyment, one of those reasons can be directly attributed to Dr. Jean Andrews, aka "The Pepper Lady," a title she has, in fact, trademarked. A diminutive, outspoken, and endlessly energetic octogenarian, Andrews leads a life of travel, writing, research, painting, and philanthropy.

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Dr. Paul Bosland, Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University

Dr. Paul BoslandDr. Paul Bosland is currently a Regents Professor in horticulture at New Mexico State University and Director of the Chile Pepper Institute. He is popularly known as the "Chileman." He leads the chile breeding and genetics research program at NMSU. Dr. Bosland is recognized nationally/internationally as one of the foremost experts on Capsicum. He has published more than 100 scientific papers dealing with chile pepper and is co-author of 6 books. He serves as the chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. He has served as chairman of the USDA Capsicum Crop Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Allan K. Stoner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland

Allan Stoner attended Purdue University, where he received a B.S. degree in horticulture and a M.S. degree in plant breeding and genetics. He received a Ph. D. degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Stoner has been employed by the USDA, Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland since 1965. Initially, he conducted research on insect resistant tomatoes and later his responsibilities included the breeding of widely adapted, high quality, multiple disease and pest resistant tomatoes. This work resulted in the release of nine cultivars adapted to the Eastern U.S. and numerous multiple disease and insect resistant breeding lines.
 

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Preliminary Meeting Agenda

There will be one day of plenary oral sessions and poster presentations followed by a one-day commercial field trip to local sites. Several networking functions are planned to facilitate interaction and to further the exchange of information amongst colleagues.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

8:00am-5:30pm

Pre-Conference Educational Tours

5:00pm-7:00pm

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

POSTER PRESENTERS SET-UP DISPLAYSRiver of Grass Ballroom Salons
D & G

6:00pm-8:00pm

WELCOME NETWORKING SOCIAL IN POSTER DISPLAY AREA — River of Grass Ballroom Salons D & G

8:00pm-10:00pm

USDA Capsicum Crop Germplasm Committee Meeting Chokoloskee Room on Level Two (for committee members only)

                        

Monday, November 15, 2004

7:30am-8:30am

Morning Refreshments in Poster Display Area — River of Grass Ballroom
D & G

 

OPENING PLENARY SESSION River of Grass Ballroom E, F, H & I

MODERATORS: Gene McAvoy and Ben Villalon

8:30am-8:40am

Welcome and Introduction - Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Hendry County Cooperative Extension, LaBelle, FL, USA and Ben Villalon, Texas A&M University, Weslaco, TX, USA

8:40am-9:00am

Homage to the Chili Pepper - Paul Bosland, The Chile Pepper Institute, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA

9:00am-9:20am

Preservation and Utilization of Capsicum Germplasm - Allan Stoner, USDA National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, MD, USA  

9:20am-9:25am

 MODERATOR: Don Maynard, UF/IFAS, Bradenton, FL USA

9:25am-9:40am

Greenhouse Colored Peppers as a Vegetable Production Alternative for Florida - Elio Jovicich, UF/IFAS, Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

9:40am-9:55am

Molecular Genetic Diversity of Capsicum chinensis Jacq. in the Caribbean Basin Using RAPD Markers - Marisa Moses, Life Sciences Department, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

9:55am-10:10am

Overview of the Florida Pepper Industry — Daniel C. Cantliffe, University of Florida/IFAS, Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

10:10am-10:40am

Book Sale and Author Signing of The Pepper Trail by Jean Andrews

-and- Break in Poster Display Area River of Grass Ballroom D & G

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1 Mangrove Ballroom

SESSION 2 — River of Grass

Horticultural Crop Management and Production

Integrated Pest Management

MODERATOR: Teresa Olczyk, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service, Homestead, FL, USA

MODERATOR: Randy Johnson, Sakata Seed America, Inc., Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

10:40am-10:45am

Session Introduction

Session Introduction

10:45am-11:00am

Scheduling Drip Irrigation for Bell Pepper Grown with Plasticulture - Eric Simonne, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

Methods for Managing Phytophthora Blight (Phytophthora capsici) of Pepper - Mohammad Babadoost, University of Illinois, Crop Sciences Department, Urbana, IL, USA

11:00am-11:15am

Yield Response of 'Wizard X3R' Bell Pepper to Foliar-applied 'Soar' Biostimulants in West Central Florida - Alezander Csizinsky, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Bradenton, FL, USA 

Identification of Inoculum Sources in the Field for Phytophthora Blight and Rot of Pepper in Florida - Ronald French-Monar, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL, USA

11:15am-11:30am

Activity of Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris, L) on the Pollination of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum, L) Flowers and Fruit Set - Ana Roldán, Agrobío, S.L., I & D & I, Almeria, Spain

Evaluation of Phytophthora Resistant Bell Pepper Cultivars and Breeding Lines - Wes Kline, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County, Millville, NJ, USA

11:30am-11:45am

Water Conservation Strategies for Poblano Pepper in South Texas - Daniel Leskovar, Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Horticultural Sciences Department, Uvalde, TX, USA

Chili Thrips, Scirotothrips dorsalis Hood, a Serious Threat to Vegetables, Fruits and Ornamentals in the Western Hemisphere - Daksina Seal, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), Homestead, FL, USA

11:45am-12:00pm

DISCUSSION

Biological Control of the European Corn Borer by Inundative Releases of Trichogamma ostrinae in Bell Peppers - Karen Friley, University of Kentucky, Entomology Department, Lexington, KY, USA

12:00pm-1:30pm

GROUP LUNCHEON Sunset Terrace

 

1:30pm-3:05pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1 Mangrove Ballroom

SESSION 2 — River of Grass

Horticultural Crop Management and Production

Integrated Pest Management

MODERATOR: Daniel Leskovar, Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Horticultural Sciences Department, Uvalde, TX, USA  

MODERATOR: Darrin Parmenter, UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

1:30pm-1:35pm

Session Introduction

Session Introduction

1:35pm-1:50pm

Influence of N Fertilization on Post-harvest Fruit Quality of Drip-irrigated Bell Pepper - Nicole Shaw, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

Broad Mite (Polyphagotarsoneumus latus Banks) Damage in Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) Seedlings and the Potential Control of this Pest by Neoseiulus californicus McGregor - Elio Jovicich, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

1:50pm-2:05pm

Fate of Nitrogen in Soil Under Mulched and Drip-irrigated Pepper Beds - Nicole Shaw, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

Potential of Releases of the Parasitoid Catolaccus hunteri for Suppression of Pepper Weevil on Pepper - David Schuster, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), Bradenton, FL, USA

2:05pm-2:20pm

Preplant and Fertigation Potassium and Calcium Influence Bell Pepper Yield, Quality and Blossom End Rot - Douglas Sanders, North Carolina State University, Horticultural Sciences Department, Raleigh, NC, USA  

Prospects for Biological Control of Pepper Weevil with a Parasitic Wasp (Triaspis eugenii Wharton and Lopez-Martinez) from Mexico - Esteban Rodriguez, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL, USA

2:20pm-2:35pm

Urea Formaldehyde Based Polymer Improves Bell Pepper Yield in Raised Bed Experiment - James M. Wargo, Georgia-Pacific Resins, Inc., Chemical Division, Decatur, GA, USA

Utility of Resistant Bell Pepper for Managing Southern Root-Knot Nematodes in the Southeastern US - Judy Thies, USDA ARS, US Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC, USA

2:35pm-2:50pm

Pepper Cultivar Trials in Northern New Jersey - William Tietjen, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County, Belvidere, NJ, USA

Cultivars Tolerance of Red Chile to Root Rot: Response to High Levels of Soil Moisture II - Francisco Mojarro Davila and Bertoldo Cabañas Cruz, INIFAP Zacatecas, Zacatecas, México  

2:50pm-3:05pm

DISCUSSION

Breeding Peppers for Enhanced Beneficial Phytochemical Compounds - Kevin Crosby, Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Weslaco, TX, USA

3:05pm-3:25pm

BREAK IN POSTER DISPLAY AREA

 

 

PLENARY SESSION RESUMES — River of Grass Ballroom

Breeding and Genetics

MODERATOR: Eric Simonne, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

3:25pm-3:30pm

Session Introduction

3:30pm-3:45pm

Isolation of Molecular Markers for Two Recessive Resistances to Races 4 and 6 of Xanthomonas campestris pv vesicatoria - C. Edwardo Vallejos, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

3:45pm-4:00pm

Characterization of Different Pepper Genotypes Collected from Coastal Regions of Turkey - Davut Keles, Alata Horticultural Research Institute, Erdemli, Mersin, Turkey

4:00pm-4:15pm

A Comparison of Fruits of a Capsicum annuum Belle Pepper Type with a Capsicum chinensis Pepper Type by Fluorescence Measurement Using Confocal Electron Microscopy - Cyril Broderick, Delaware State University, Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Dover, DE, USA

4:15pm-4:30pm

Analysis of Fruit Morphology of Habenero Pepper Capsicum chinensis Jacq.  - Thomas Gonzalez, CICY, Mexico, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

4:30pm-4:45pm

Preservation of Texture of Acidified Red Belle Peppers - Rodger McFeeters, USDA-ARS and North Carolina State University, Food Science Department, Raleigh, NC

4:45pm-5:00pm

Overview of the California Pepper Industry and the California Pepper Commission - Ken Melban, California Pepper Commission, Dinuba, CA, USA

5:00pm-5:15pm

Effects of a Topologic Arrangement and the Fertilization on the Yield of the Dry Chile Mirasol (Capsicum annuum L.)  in Zacatecas, Mexico – Bertoldo Cabañas Cruz, INIFAP Zacatecas, Calera de V.R., Zacatecas, Mexico

5:15pm-6:00pm

POSTER DISPLAYS TO BE REMOVED FROM POSTER BOARDS

6:00pm-9:00pm

OUTDOOR BARBECUE COOKOUT Watkins Lawn

FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Jean Andrews, “The Pepper Lady”, Austin, TX, USA

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

7:00am-8:00am

Morning Refreshments Prior to Boarding Busses for Commercial Field Trip — Orchid Atrium (Busses depart promptly at 8:00am)

8:00am-5:00pm

Commercial Field Trip: This segment of our conference entails an all-day tour of local industry research facilities and commercial production. Because of the distances involved, participants will be divided into two separate tour groups. Traditional cultivars as well as advanced breeding material will be available at all sites. Both tours will visit commercial production and packing operations. Lunch will be provided at Syngenta and Seminis.

TOUR GROUP #1: Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and Harris Moran Seed Co.

TOUR GROUP #2: Sakata Seed America and Seminis Vegetable Seeds

5:30pm

Return to Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

7:30pm-10:30pm

Closing Dinner Banquet at Naples Beach Hotel — Ocean Lawn

10:30pm

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES

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Poster Directory

Chile Pepper Research Information Dissemination – Danise Coon, New Mexico State University, Agronomy & Horticulture/Chile Pepper Institute, Las Cruces, NM, USA

Root-knot Nematode Resistance in Pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.): Development of Resistant Habanero-type Cultivars for U.S. Growers – Richard Fery, USDA-ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC, USA

Chile Breeding & Genetics Research Program for Underrepresented Students – Wendy Hamilton, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Chile Pepper Institute, Las Cruces, NM, USA

Flowering and Fruit Production Dynamics of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum  chinense Jacq) under Different Shade Conditions in a Humid Tropical Region – Ramon Jaimez, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (IIAP), Facultad de Cicncias Forestales Y Ambientales, La Hechicera, Merida, Venezuela     

Determination of Capsaicinoids in Shelf-Stable Salsa by Enzyme Immunoassay – Robert Jarret, USDA/ARS, Plant Genetic Resources, Griffin, GA, USA

Determination of Capsaicinoids in Oleoresins and Dried Hot Peppers by Enzyme Immunoassay – Robert Jarret, USDA/ARS, Plant Genetic Resources, Griffin, GA, USA

Heat Stress Tolerance in Closely Related Genotypes of Habanero Pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) – John Jifon, Texas A&M University, Texas Agr. Experiment Station, Weslaco, TX, USA

 “Spanish” Pepper Trellis System and High Plant Density Can Increase Fruit Yield, Fruit Quality, and Reduce Labor in a Hydroponic, Passively Ventilated Greenhouse-grown Crop – Elio Jovicich, University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL, US

Searching for Low Use of Water and Fertilizers in Soilless-greenhouse-grown Peppers in Florida – Elio Jovicich, University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL, US

Managing Greenhouse-grown Peppers in a Saline Environment – Elio Jovicich, University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL, US

The Effect of Temperature on the Development of Fusarium Stem Rot in Greenhouse Peppers in South Florida – Elizabeth Lamb, University of Florida, Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, FL, USA

Three Recessive Genes Controlling Bacterial Spot Resistance in Pepper – Rosana Rodrigues, UENF, CCTA/LMGV, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil

Hypersensitive Response to Xanthomonas Campestris pv. vesicatoria Race 6 in Capsicum chinense and C. baccatumRosana Rodrigues, UENF, CCTA/LMGV, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil

Genetic Divergence and Screening for Bacterial Spot Resistance in Capsicum spp. – Rosana Rodrigues, UENF, CCTA/LMGV, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil

Dynamics and Sugar Composition of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum, L.) nectar – Ana Roldán, Agrobío,S.L., I+D+I, Almería, Andalucía, Spain

Screening of Biorationals for Control of Phytophthora capsici. – Erin Rosskopf, USDA, Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, FL, USA

Harvest Date for Machine Harvest of New Mexican Red Chile (Capsicum annuum) Affects Quality and Yield – Stephanie Walker, New Mexico State University, Extension Plant Sciences, Las Cruces, NM, USA

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Commercial Field Tour

An all-day tour of local industry research facilities and commercial production will be a highlight of the conference on Tuesday, November 16. Because of the distances involved, participants will be divided into two separate tour groups. One group will visit Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and Harris Moran Seed Co. The other group will visit Sakata Seed America and Seminis Vegetable Seeds. Traditional cultivars as well as advanced breeding material will be available at all sites. Both tours will visit commercial production and packing operations. Lunch will be provided at Syngenta and Seminis.

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Registration Information

 

What Does the Registration Fee Include? The conference registration fee allows each registrant to receive one copy of the printed abstract book to be distributed at the conference, registration materials including a canvas briefcase and portfolio to facilitate note taking, participation in the Tuesday commercial field tour and attendance at the Sunday Welcome Networking Social, the Monday Cookout, and the Tuesday evening Closing Dinner. Lunch will be provided on Monday and during the Tuesday commercial field trip. Daily morning, mid-day and afternoon refreshments will also be provided. A reduced fee is available for students. A photocopy of a valid student ID must accompany student registration forms. Two pre-conference educational field trips are being offered on an optional basis for an additional charge.


Guest and Child Registration - The guest and child registration fee includes full attendance at the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening functions only. (Guests do not receive meeting materials.) Family members may also sign up to participate in the commercial field trip on Tuesday for an additional fee.
 

MEETING ATTENDEE REGISTRATION FEES

Early REDUCED Registration (Register and Pay by September 8, 2004)

Conference Attendee Fee

US $225.00

Student Attendee Fee
(Valid Student Identification Required)*

US $ 95.00

Regular Registration (Register and Pay by October 15, 2004)

Conference Attendee Fee

US $295.00

Student Attendee Fee
(Valid Student Identification Required)*

US $150.00

Late/On-site Registration (Register and Pay after October 15, 2004)

Conference Attendee Fee

US $345.00

Student Attendee Fee
(Valid Student Identification Required)*

US $195.00

 

*A photocopy of a valid student ID must accompany student registration forms. If you register online, please FAX the student ID form and indicate your registration was submitted online.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Payment must accompany registration and be received by the dates indicated to qualify for the applicable fee.
 

EDUCATIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE TOURS

Sunday, November 14, 2004 (8:30am – 5:30pm)

Everglades Tour Through Different Lenses

US $ 95.00

Sunday, November 14, 2004 (1:00pm – 5:30pm)

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Tour

US $ 65.00

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TOURS: Due to transportation and potential space restrictions at various stops on each tour, the organizers reserve the right to limit attendance, so early registration is recommended, and tour registrations must be received by November 1, 2004. If an insufficient number of registrants sign up, tours are subject to cancellation. If your tour is canceled or full, we will contact you to obtain another choice, if available.


CLICK HERE to see field trip details and what the TOUR fees include.

 

GUEST/CHILD ATTENDEE REGISTRATION FEES

Early Registration (Register and Pay by September 8, 2004)

Spouse/Guest Fee

US $ 95.00

Child Fee (12 years old and under)

US $ 75.00

Regular Registration (Register and Pay by October 15, 2004)

Spouse/Guest Fee

US $150.00

Child Fee (12 years old and under)

US $100.00

Late/On-site Registration (Register and Pay after October 15, 2004)

Spouse/Guest Fee

US $195.00

Child Fee (12 years old and under)

US $125.00

 

Guest and Child Registration The guest and child registration fee includes full attendance at the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening functions only. (Guests do not receive meeting materials.) Family members may also sign up to participate in the commercial field trip on Tuesday for an additional fee.

 

COMMERCIAL FIELD TOUR FEES
(The MEETING & STUDENT attendee fee includes participation in the Tuesday Commercial Field Tour. Additional guests and accompanying persons may also participate for an additional fee as outlined below.)

Early Registration (Register and Pay by September 8, 2004)

Commercial Field Tour

US $ 25.00

Regular Registration (Register and Pay by October 15, 2004)

Commercial Field Tour

US $ 35.00

Late/On-site Registration (Register and Pay after October 15, 2004)

Commercial Field Tour

US $ 45.00

 

Additional Field Trip registrations received after October 15 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

 

We are delighted you wish to register for the 17th International Pepper Conference. Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy to register you onsite at the conference and look forward to your participation.

 

Registration Confirmation: An email notice acknowledging we received your online registration submission will be sent within three business days. Please do not contact us to verify we received your online registration before this three-day period has elapsed. Formal written confirmation and a hard copy of your receipt will be mailed to you within three weeks of receiving your completed registration form and appropriate payment.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before October 15, 2004. A $75.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after October 15, 2004.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

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Educational Pre-Conference Tours
 - TOUR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Sunday, November 14, 2004 - TOUR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Everglades Tour: The Everglades Through Different Lenses — $95.00  - TOUR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

The portals are the eyes of the Miccosukee Indians and the lenses of Clyde Butcher, heir apparent to the late nature photographer, Ansel Adams. Together, they recall one of the world's most important ecosystems before engineers and water management structures altered it. Today, and for the next 20-30 years they are monitoring the largest public works project -- at a cost of $8-10 billion -- in the history of our planet, its reclamation.

FEATURED IN THIS TOUR:

  • The "River of Grass" by airboat

  • Private hammock in the Everglades

  • Pumpkin fry bread

  • Internationally recognized photography

  • 23-year Miccosukee chairman

  • Learn a few words of Elaponke

ITINERARY: Off to the Everglades...

8:00am Morning Refreshments Prior to boarding Bus
8:30am Depart the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club Lobby
5:30pm Return to the hotel

Travel Florida's first Scenic Highway to the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida's Tamiami Trail Reservation. When post-restoration water quality goals were announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the tribe said, "Not good enough." The tribe sued and won higher standards. Talk with 23-year tribal chairman, Buffalo Tiger, and travel on his airboats to private Tear Island, a grassy hammock with a grand chickee. From those who live in the Everglades, learn how water management schemes forever changed an ecosystem and their way of life. Lunch at the Miccosukee Restaurant includes pumpkin fry bread. Then, deep in the Everglades, visit Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery. An architecture student in California, he got involved in photography because he couldn't draw. He first saw the black and white photography of Ansel Adams and thought, "Why would you photograph a tree?" After his son was killed by a drunken driver, and a visit to Tom Gaskin's Cypress Knee Museum, Clyde dedicated his life to photographing natural Florida in black and white. His powerful images -- some five feet wide -- invite immersion, not just viewing. He wants his art not only to record but also to preserve. Elected to Florida's Artist Hall of Fame in 1998, his haunting vistas of the Everglades and conservationist clyde Butcher black and white fine art photographeractivism are well known in the halls of Washington. Recent projects include work for Florida's "Save Our Rivers" program, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves, The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy. Clyde's work was used to honor the late Marjory Stoneman Douglas' 100th - 103rd birthdays.

ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU: Bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen & insect repellant.

PRE-TOUR SUGGESTED READING:

The Book of the Everglades, edited by Susan Cerulean, Milkweed Editions

Buffalo Tiger: A Life in the Everglades, Buffalo Tiger & Harry Kersey Jr, University of Nebraska Press

Clyde Butcher: Portfolio I, Florida Landscapes, Random House

The Everglades: River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Pineapple Press

Florida Landscape, Clyde Butcher, Kam Graphics

Forever Island, Patrick Smith, Pineapple Press

Seeing the Light: Wilderness and Salvation, a Photographer's Tale:, A biography of Clyde Butcher, Tom Shroder & John Barry, Random House

Southwest Florida's Wetland Wilderness: Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands, Jeff Ripple & Clyde Butcher, University Press of Florida

Totch: A Life in the Everglades, Loren G "Totch" Brown, University Press of Florida
Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen, Ballantine

The Wild Heart of Florida: Florida Writers on Florida's Wildlands, Susan Cerulean & Jeff Ripple, University Press of Florida

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Motorcoach transportation

  • Lunch

  • All tours & experiences as described

  • Tour director throughout

  • Bottled water

  • Donation to: Save Our Rivers


Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Tour - $65.00 - TOUR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

1904, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was elected Florida Governor on the promise to create an "Empire of the Everglades" by wringing every last drop of water out of that "pestilence-ridden swamp." The state and private developers were so efficient in their drainage schemes, a trillion gallons of fresh water is drained into the Atlantic, Gulf and Florida Bay every year. Now an estimated $7.8 billion, 20+ year plan is in place to restore something of the original water flow and historic wetlands habitats. Visit a special place that wasn't drained and has been in the protective custody of the National Audubon Society since 1954. Learn how it co-exists with surrounding agricultural lands.

FEATURED IN THIS TOUR:

  • World-class watchable wildlife

  • Subtropical sensory immersion

  • "Crown jewel" of National Audubon's sanctuary system

  • State-of-the-art wastewater recycling

ITINERARY: Off to a portion of the Everglades ecosystem...

12:30pm Refreshments Prior to boarding Bus
1:00pm Depart the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club Lobby
5:30pm Return to the hotel

 
Ask well-traveled birdwatchers or nature lovers to name Florida's must-see venues. The National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will be at or near the top. Four subtropical ecosystems -- pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, wet prairies and virgin bald cypress swamp -- are accessed by a 2.25 mile raised boardwalk. A shorter route is available. It's a sight, sound, touch and smell immersion in the home of 200 species of birds plus ferns, wildflowers, air plants, alligators, turtles, deer, bear, panther and river otters. The star of sanctuary is the wood stork, the only stork native to North America. Many years this is their largest nesting ground in the world as they take to the 130-foot high canopy of a 500-year old cypress forest. Before your walk, six exhibits in the nature center prepare you for the experience -- Swamp Sense Theater, Clues to Below the Surface, Deepen Your Swamp Sense, Life in the Treetops, Heighten Your Swamp Sense and On the Boardwalk. A bonus for anyone interested in water management and treatment, the Living Machine, the first natural wastewater treatment plant in Florida. Surrounded by a lush garden of native plants and butterflies, a linked series of biological communities "under glass" can purify up to 10,000 gallons of wastewater per day. After a recycling that mimics the natural process in the swamp -- but accelerated -- water is returned for use in restroom toilets. The nature store and art gallery are packed with everything from books for adults and children, T-shirts, binoculars, pottery, walking sticks, stuffed animals and greeting cards. Heir apparent to nature photographer, Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher's work captures Florida's most primitive places is on display and for sale.
 

ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU: Binoculars, camera, field guides, sunscreen & insect repellant, although mosquitoes in the swamp are rare!

PRE-TOUR SUGGESTED READING:

Alligator Tales, Kevin McCarthey, Pineapple Press

Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands: Eastern America's Last Great Wilderness, Jeff Ripple, University of South Carolina Press

A Birder's Guide to Florida, Bill Pranty, American Birding Association

The Book of the Everglades, edited by Susan Cerulean, Milkweed Editions

Clyde Butcher: Portfolio I, Florida Landscapes, Random House

Everglades Lawmen, James Huffstodt, Pineapple Press

The Everglades: River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Pineapple Press

Exploring Wild South Florida, Susan Jewell, Pineapple Press

The Ferns of Florida, Gil Nelson, Pineapple Press

Florida Landscape, Clyde Butcher, Kam Graphics

Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide, Susan Cerulean & Ann Morrow, Falcon Press

Florida's Butterflies and Other Insects, Peter Stilling, Pineapple Press

Florida's Fragile Wildlife, Don A Wood, University Press of Florida

Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers, Glen Simmons, Laura Ogden & Gary Mormino, The Florida History and Culture Series

Southwest Florida's Wetland Wilderness: Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands, Jeff Ripple & Clyde Butcher, University Press of Florida

Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen, Ballantine

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Motorcoach transportation

  • Sanctuary admission

  • Boardwalk and Living Machine guide

  • Bottled water

  • Tour director throughout

  • Donation to: Friends of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Hotel Accommodations

Where Hospitality is a Family Tradition
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, Florida 34102
PH 239-261-2222 / FAX 239-261-7380
www.naplesbeachhotel.com

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is offering participants of the 17th International Peppers Conference a very special guest room rate of $99.00 (plus nine percent tax) with one or two people in a room. The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the conference, based on availability. 

Just Where is Naples, Florida?

Naples is situated on the edge of the Florida Everglades, 110 miles (180 km) west of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and 150 miles (240 km) south of Tampa. The city is easily reached by air or by automobile. Most major domestic carriers and international airlines provide frequent service into Southwest Florida International Airport, just 40 minutes from the hotel, and shuttle service is available. There is frequent commuter service from Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville to the Naples Airport, less than 10 miles (16 km) away.

NOTE: Accompanying persons can arrange for visits to local points of interest by contacting the Concierges Desk at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

To Make Your Hotel Reservation:
Complete the hotel reservation form that appears below as a PDF and submit it as instructed, or contact the hotel directly by telephone at 1-800-237-7600 (within the U.S.) /1-239-261-2222 (outside the U.S.). Be sure to specify you are attending the Pepper Conference. The deadline to make your reservation and still receive the discounted group rate is October 1, 2004. After this date, guestrooms and the group rate may no longer be available. As this is a discounted group rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents.                       

Hotel Reservation Form

(PDF format)

Special Instructions: 

  • A first night’s room deposit must be made with a credit card to ensure confirmation of your hotel reservation. For any reservations that "no show", this deposit will be forfeited. Room deposits will be considered non-refundable if canceled within four (4) days of your arrival date.

Visit the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club web site to learn more about some of the hotel’s special features including golfing, complimentary valet parking, the complimentary "Beach Klub for Kids" and much more! www.naplesbeachhotel.com

Share-a-room Information

CLICK HERE to view those wishing to share a hotel room.
(available soon)

Click here to submit your information for posting on the share a hotel room page (Email submissions will be posted within 3 working days).
  • This service will require that your name, gender, email address, affiliation, originating country and smoking preference be posted on a web page accessible to the public.
  • After locating a roommate, be sure to reserve your hotel room specifying two double beds as soon as possible. Double rooms tend to fill first and may not be available if you wait.

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Conference Sponsors

 

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Bedner Growers

Brighton Plantation

C & B Farms

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Texas Pepper Foundation

 

 

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Sponsor
the  17th International Pepper Conference

  1. Participation as a sponsor will provide you with international exposure to roughly 300-500 researchers and leaders in the pepper industry from North and South America as well major production areas of Europe, Africa and Asia.
  1. Pepper research is vital to increasing the economic yield and productivity of the pepper industry. This conference offers your company a chance to interact one-on-one with the very individuals charged with the task of improving quality, yield, production and return on investment.
  1. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to network with top scientists and growers from approximately 30 countries around the world to communicate industry research needs and priorities, and to discuss areas where you would like to see improvement or changes in the industry.
  1. The conference will also provide you with potential contacts and linkages with capsicum producers and suppliers from around the world on which the vitality of your industry depends.
  1. Participation as an attendee and sponsor will help you promote your company a leader in the capsicum industry and increase its visibility on an international level.
  1. The conference provides growers, industry representatives, processors, brokers, and others with an interest in the pepper industry a place to meet specialists involved in various aspects of the industry and the opportunity to forge new business relationships.
  1. The conference will highlight the latest scientific findings on all aspects of pepper breeding, production, post harvest handling and marketing in addition to the latest technology, products and services of interest to the pepper industry.
  1. Your attendance and sponsorship of the 17th International Pepper Conference will provide a valuable forum for the exchange of vital information with top experts about breeding, horticulture, processing, pathology, evaluation, physiology, genetics, production and marketing of capsicum.
  1. This conference will provide a targeted opportunity to promote your company’s products and services to a select group of key individuals and decision makers in the pepper industry.
  1. Your company has already earned a reputation for quality in the development of new and improved plant varieties around the world. Your participation as a sponsor further attests to your position as a leader in the industry, and providing products that meet your customers’ needs.
     

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Area Information


More Naples Information

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Orlando/Orange County Convention
& Visitors Bureau


Southwest Florida
International Airport

Tampa International
Airport

Avis is offering special rental 
rates to Conference 
attendees.

Click here to make reservations

Map of Florida

Click here for a map of the state of Florida.

 

Mileage Chart

Click here for a chart that lists the mileage/distance
 from city to city in Florida.

 

Click here to find driving directions to Naples, FL from any address/destination in the USA by simply typing in the starting address and then the end destination address; very user friendly.

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Conference Organizers


Bob Conrad
, Harris Moran Seed Co., Ft. Myers, FL

Steve Czaplewski, Syngenta Rogers Seeds, Naples, FL

Randy Johnson, Sakata Seed America, Inc, Lehigh Acres, FL

Betsy Lamb, UF/IFAS Indian River REC, Ft. Pierce, FL

Don Maynard, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC, Bradenton, FL

Gene McAvoy, Conference Chair, UF/IFAS Hendry County Cooperative Extension, Labelle, FL

Michele Myers, Syngenta Rogers Seeds, Naples, FL

Teresa Olczyk, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension, Homestead, FL

Mary Riley, Sakata Seed America, Inc,

Pam Roberts, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee, FL

Rodney Robideaux, Seminis, Felda, FL

Eric Simonne, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL

Ben Villalon, Texas A&M University, Weslaco, TX

Ted Winsberg, Green Cay Farms, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL

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For More Information

Conference Organizer

Mr. Gene McAvoy, Extension Agent III

Regional Vegetable/Horticulture

UF/IFAS

Hendry County Cooperative Extension

PO Box 68

Labelle, FL 33975 USA

PHONE: 1-863-674-4092

MOBILE: 1-239-860-8811

FAX: 1-863-674-4097

EMAIL: gmcavoy@ifas.ufl.edu

Conference Coordinator

Ms. Beth Miller-Tipton

Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
UF/IFAS 
PO Box 110750

Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
PHONE: 1-352-392-5930

FAX: 1-352-392-9734
EMAIL: bmiller-tipton@ifas.ufl.edu

 

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CREDITS

Photos of Rogers pepper varieties: Pageant, Mandarin and Lafayette are copyrighted by a Syngenta Group Company and used with permission.

Photos of Sakata pepper varieties: SSP 20815, El Jefe, and SSP 7603 are copyrighted by  Sakata Seed America and used with permission.


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