University of Florida

Richard N. Raid

Professor
Specialty: Plant Pathology

Active Projects

Developed a program to aid growers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) on management of their vegetable disease programs. This work has resulted in a significant number of changes in fungicide usage (reductions) on EAA vegetable crops. Currently working to extend this vegetable program to the growers in the EAA, as well as state and regional contacts, through presentations, displays and demonstrations. Work closely with area and regional extension specialists to present field trials, field days, and one‐on‐one contact with growers. In addition to vegetable diseases, work is conducted on rice, and sugarcane, investigating the integration of management strategies for control of plant diseases.
Continued work  with the UF Barn Owl Program which utilizes barn owls for sustainable rodent control in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) with the use of owl nesting boxes. These birds provide low‐cost, sustainable rodent control. The pests, particularly cotton rats and marsh rabbits, cause up to $30 million in damage each year to the area’s 700,000 acres of sugar cane, rice and vegetable crops. The EAA now has hundreds of nesting boxes and some of the highest barn‐owl concentrations in the country. Using the program as an outreach and education program, hundreds of student volunteers assist in the building and installation of owl nesting boxes in the Glades.

Work with local area educators to develop school gardens to promote agriculture at the elementary and middle schools.

Web Sites

Developed SOAR web site, through EDIS to provide lesson plans to school teachers for the school based agriculture program “Sharing Our Agricultural Roots.”

Selected Publications

  • Cherry, R.H., A.L. Wright, R.N. Raid, and Y. Luo. 2011. Effect of fertilization on resistance of Captiva St. Augustinegrass to southern chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Blissidae) and gray leaf spot disease. J. Entomol. Sci. 46:96-101.
  • Raid R.N., Comstock J.C. (2008) Prospects for fungicidal management of sugarcane orange rust. Sugar Cane International 26:28.
  • Raid R., Pernezny K., Havranek N., Sanchez J., Saddler B. (2008a) Weather-based forecasting systems reduce fungicide use for early blight of celery. Crop Protection 27:396-402.
  • Raid R.N., Pernezny K., Havranek N., Sanchez J., Saddler B. (2008b) Weather-based forecasting systems reduce fungicide use for early blight of celery. Crop Protection 27:396-402.
  • Raid R. (2007a) Management of early blight and basal stalk rot of celery. Phytopathology 97:S95-S96.
  • Raid R. (2007b) Management of early blight and basal stalk rot of celery. Phytopathology 97:S95-S96.
  • Raid R.N. (2007c) Management of early blight and basal stalk rot of celery. Phytopathology 97:S95-S96.
  • Raid R., Miller C., Pernezny K. (2007) First report of powdery mildew of parsley caused by Erysiphe heraclei in Florida. Plant Disease 91:461-461.
  • Raid R. (2006a) Evaluation of assorted foliar fungicides for control of downy mildew of Chinese broccoli. Phytopathology 96:S95-S96.
  • Raid R. (2006b) Evaluation of assorted foliar fungicides for control of downy mildew of Chinese broccoli. Phytopathology 96:S95-S96.
  • Raid R.N. (2006c) Evaluation of assorted foliar fungicides for control of downy mildew of Chinese broccoli. Phytopathology 96:S95-S96.
  • Raid R.N. (2001) How to organize and set up a school garden: Funding, materials and supplies, volunteers, and linkages. Phytopathology 91:S171.

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