The Florida Department of Citrus’s Scientific Research Department is housed on the campus of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. As director, Dr. Rosa Walsh oversees current FDOC research efforts which focus on:
- Sponsoring health and wellness medical research on the benefits of citrus
- Performing chemical analysis of citrus/byproducts components to maintain independent verification of quality, consistency and nutritional benefits associated with high quality Florida citrus products
- Monitoring threats to the industry and responds with appropriate analytical and health and wellness research programs.
- Collaborating with researchers from UF/IFAS, USDA, and FDACS to enhance the disease research programs around the state
New to the citrus industry, Walsh joined the DOC team in January 2015 with over 10 years in the Florida university and college system as a chemistry professor and researcher. While teaching chemistry at USF and Polk State College, she also had administrative duties, which included university data and faculty activity reporting, maintaining departmental and grant budgets, supporting the accreditation process, and overseeing a research program for undergraduates.
Walsh holds both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Clemson University.