Zilfina Rubio Ames Assistant Professor & Small Fruit Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Blueberry, small fruits Horticulture
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​My primary goal as a small fruit extension specialist in the state of Georgia is to improve berry production systems, making them more efficient and sustainable by using methods and inputs that improve yield and quality.​


My research focuses on whole plant physiology, nutrient management practices, and cultural practices in blueberries and other small fruits, and how the diverse management practices affect plant physiology and determines yield and postharvest quality. ​

Improving production practices will allow farmers to have a more efficient and sustainable production system. ​


My extension program at the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, Tifton is focused on providing outreach and engagement programs to help the small fruit industry in Georgia to remain economically viable in a competitive market.​


  • 80% Extension
  • 20% Research