CITRUS PRODUCTION DECISIONS MAY BE AIDED BY NETWORK RESOURCES

MARTSOLF, J. DAVID

Abstract


A series of experiences with electronic mail [e-mail] as a replacement for conventional mail, telephone communications and commuting to meetings is described with the intent that readers will be encouraged to choose e-mail more frequently and use it more effectively. E-mail was used extensively to put together a research proposal involving a team with members at remote locations which was presented to the Florida Citrus Production Research Advisory Council [FCPRAC]. The proposal described the flow of weather information through existing communication networks and into models of the activity of weather sensitive pests and stresses of Citrus. Although the proposal was not funded, the effectiveness of e-mail in fostering such collaborative efforts led to the contemplation of a Citrus Production Model which features a weather information front end and an interpretive back end with the middle a stack of weather sensitive pest and stress models. The purpose of the back end is to protect the user from being overwhelmed with the information that is expected to flow from such models. It is hoped that the model will be able to learn things about the user that will make it more efficient. The remaining experiences have to do with the introduction of e-mail into the FSHS Board of Directors communications, and a possibility of its use to interface members of the Board with advisors in the Horticultural Industries in regard to the selection of papers. The selection of papers of higher industry interest is expected to make it easier to attract both new members and better papers.

Keywords


email; e-mail; e-mail; electronic mail; telecommunications; internet; networks; disc

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283