Thomas L. Davenport

Title - Professor Emeritus

Department - Horticultural Sciences

Specialty - Reproductive Physiology

E-mail - tldav@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., 1975: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX -- Plant Physiology
  • B.A., 1970: Trinity University, San Antonio, TX -- Biology

Employment

  • Associate Professor (1982 to present), University of Florida, IFAS, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, FL
  • Assistant Professor (1977 to 1982), University of Florida, IFAS, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, FL
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (1975 to 1977), University of Florida, IFAS, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, FL

Assignment

  • 100% Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive physiology of tropical fruit trees;
  • Management of mango and citrus flowering in tropical and subtropical climates;
  • Reliable flowering of lychee and longan;
  • Pollination of avocado;
  • Fruit set of mango, avocado, and carambola;
  • Postharvest physiology of fruits and vegetables in hypobaric storage systems;
  • Control of quarantine insects in hypobaric storage systems.

Active Projects

  • Characterization of the mango florigenic promoter;
  • Determination of the stem age necessary to allow flowering of lychee in the subtropics;
  • Determination of the stem age necessary to allow flowering of citrus in the warm tropics;
  • Determination of vectors for self and cross pollination of avocados in southern California;
  • Determination of avocado pollen parents to dertermine importance of self and cross pollination of 'Hass fruits in southern California using molecular markers;
  • Investigations of the mortality of fruit flies in tropical fruits stored in hypobaric conditions.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Outstanding Paper Award (1977 and 1983) Florida State Horticultural Society, Krome Memorial Institute.
  • Wilson Popenoe Award (1979) for outstanding paper, American Society for Horticultural Science.
  • Inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, National Agriculture Honor Society, 1986.
  • Vice President of Plant Growth Regulation Society of America, 1988. President, 1989, Member at Large, 1986-1988.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, 1994, 1997, 2000, PGRSA Quarterly rly in 2000.
  • Listed in:
    1. American Men and Women of Science
    2. Who's Who in the South and Southwest
    3. Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans
    4. 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century, Cambridge England
    5. Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge England
    6. Oustanding People of the 20th Century, Cambridge England

Selected Publications

Books, contributor of chapters

  • Davenport, T. L. Avocado flowering. Horticultural Reviews Vol.8, Avi Publishing Co., Westport CT., 1986. p. 257-289.
  • Davenport, T. L. Flowering of 'Tahiti' lime. Citrus Flowering, Fruit set, and Development. Fla. Coop. Ext. Serv., Univ. Fla., Gainesville. 1986. p. 41-45.
  • Davenport, T. L. Stylar-end breakdown: a post-harvest disorder of 'Tahiti' lime. Citrus Flowering, Fruit Set, and Development. Fla. Coop. Ext. Serv., Univ. Fla., Gainesville. 1986, p. 53-58.
  • Davenport, T. L. Citrus flowering. Horticultural Reviews Vol. 12, AVI Publishing Co., Westport CT., 1990, p. 349-408.
  • Davenport, T. L. and H. M. Harrington, eds. 1994. Plant stress in the tropical environment. CBAG/CRIS, Gainesville, pp. 153.
  • Davenport, T.L. and R. Núñez-Elisea. 1997. Reproductive physiology of mango, In:, R. E. Litz, ed. The Mango: Botany, Production and Uses, Chapter 4. CAB international, Wallingford, UK, pp. 69-146. (JS# R-05266)
  • Davenport, T.L. and Z. Singh. 2004. Fruit drop in mango. Horticultural Reviews 31: . (JS# R-10004) [In press]
  • Davenport, T.L. and R.A. Stern. 2004. Flowering. In: C.M. Menzel, ed. The Lychee: Botany, Production and Uses, Chapter 6. CAB international, Wallingford, UK, pp.. (JS# R-09784) [in press]

Referred (recent)

  • Davenport, T.L. and S.M. Smith. 1997. Evaluation of potential treatments to stimulate mango flowering in sub-tropical latitudes. PGRSA Quarterly 25:114-129. [JS#R-05690] (Awarded best paper published in the Quarterly in 1997)
  • Nuñez-Elisea, R. and T. L. Davenport. 1998. Gibberellin and temperature effects on dormancy and shoot morphogenesis of mango (Mangifera indica L.). Scientia Hort. 77:11-21. [JS# R-05771]
  • Davenport, T.L. and J.T. O'Neal. 2000. Flowering and fruit set of mamey sapote [Calocarpum sapota (Jacq.) Marr.] cv. Magaña in south Florida. Scientia Horticulturae 83:61-70. [JS# R-06589]
  • Davenport, T.L. and Q. Zheng. 2000. Promalin stimulates carambola fruit set. PGRSA Quarterly 28:97-108. [JS# R-07106] Awarded Best Paper Published in Journal for 2000.
  • Davenport, T.L. 2000. Processes Influencing Floral Initiation and Bloom: the Role of Phytohormones in a Conceptual Flowering Model. Hort Technology 10(4):733-739. [JS# R-07187] [Invited Symposium Speaker]
  • Davenport, T.L., Pearce, D,W., and Rood, S.B. 2001. Correlation of endogenous gibberellins with initiation of mango shoot growth. J. Plant Growth Regulation 20:308-315. [JS# R-07274]
  • Zheng, Q., T.L. Davenport, and Y. Li. 2001. Stem age, winter temperature and flowering of lychee in South Florida. Acta Horticulturae 558:237-240. [JS# N-01826]
  • Li, Y.C., T.L. Davenport, R. Rao, and Q. Zheng. 2001. Nitrogen, flowering and production of lychee in Florida. Acta Horticulturae 558:221-224. [JS# R-07628]
  • Davenport, T.L. 2003. Principles of climatic effects on flowering in citrus. Proc. Intern. Soc. Citriculture, December 2000. pp. 289-291. [Invited Symposium Keynote Speaker]
  • Davenport, T.L., 2003. Leaves Not Necessary for Citrus Floral Induction. Proc. Intern. Soc. Citriculture, December 2000. pp. 660-661.
  • Davenport, T.L. 2003. Management of Flowering in Three Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Tree Species. HortScience 38:1331-1335 [Invited Colloquium Speaker]

Non-referred (recent)

  • Davenport, T.L. and S.M. Smith. 1997. Evaluation of a Potential Strategy to Delay `Keitt' Mango Flowering in Sub-tropical Latitudes. Proc. 24th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. pp. 42-46. [JS# R-05945]
  • Davenport, T.L., S.M. Smith, and J.E. Gander. 1997. Are the Radiolabeled Growth Regulators Used in Your Research Authentic? Proc. 24th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. pp. 57-62. [JS# R-05946]
  • Davenport, T.L. 1997. Management of mango flowering and vegetative growth in the tropics. Proc. II International Symposium and III Symposium of Producer and Exporters of Mango in Guatemala. pp. C1-C14. [JS# R-05965]
  • Li, Y., J. Crane, and T.L. Davenport. 1997. Preliminary findings on the effect of foliarly applied urea and boron on plant nutrition, fruit set and yield of avocado trees. Proc. Florida State Hort. Soc. 110:136-138. [JS# N-01481
  • Davenport, T.L. 1998. What if there is no pollinator? Subtropical Fruit News 6:15-17. JS# N-01529 (invited paper) [JS# N-01529]
  • Davenport, T.L., Q. Zheng, and S.M. Smith. 1998. Use of Protein A to improve efficiency of enzyme-linked immunoassays of phytohormones. Proc. 25th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. pp.153-158. [JS# N-]
  • Davenport, T.L. 1999. Regulation of mango flowering. Proc. 26th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. pp. 44-49. [JS# N-01751] [Invited Symposium Speaker]
  • Davenport, T.L. and Q. Zheng. 1999. Promalin stimulates carambola fruit set. Proc. 26th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. p. 164. [JS# N-01752]
  • T.L. Davenport. 1999. A View from Florida on Avocado Pollination. In: M.L. Arpaia and R. Hofshi, eds. Proc. Avocado Brainstorming '99. pp. 101-104. [JS# N-010831] [Invited Workshop Speaker]
  • Davenport, T.L., Y. Li, and Q. Zheng. 1999. Towards Reliable Flowering of Lychee (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) in South Florida. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.112:182-184. [JS# N-01826]
  • Li, Y.C. and T.H. Davenport. 2000. Maximizing Lychee Yields through Improved Flowering and Fruit Set. In: 1999 Annual Research Report, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. p. 67-68.
  • Davenport, T.L., Q. Zheng1, and Y. Li. 2000. Reliable flowering of lychee (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) in South Florida. Proc. 26th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. pp. 312-315. [JS# N-01952]
  • Fetscher, A.E., T.L. Davenport, S. Shafir, A. Dag, and N. Waser, and M.L. Arpaia. 2000. A review of avocado pollination and the role of pollinizers. Subtropical Fruit News 8 (1-2):21-25.
  • Davenport, T.L. and J.T. O'Neal. 2002. Flowering and fruit development patterns of five mamey sapote cultivars in south Florida. Proc. Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture 44:56-59.
  • Davenport, T.L., V. Kulkarni, and T.L. White. 2001. Longevity of the florigenic promoter in mango. Proc. 28th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. p. 53.
  • Davenport, T.L., V. Kulkarni, and T.L. White. 2001. Minimum number of leaves necessary for floral induction of mango. Proc. 28th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. of Amer. p. 67.
  • Davenport, T.L. 2001. Cross-vs. self-pollination of avocados growing in coastal and inland orchards of southern California. Proceedings of the 2001 California Avocado Research Symposium. pp. 101-103.
  • Davenport, T.L. and J.T. O'Neal. 2002. Flowering and fruit set characteristics of mamey sapote (Calocarpum sapote (Jacq.) Merr. in Florida. Proc. 27th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. Amer. p. 107.
  • Davenport, T.L. and Z. Ying. 2003. Further characterization of the mango florigenic promoter. Proc. 28th Annu. Meet. Plant Growth Regulation Soc. Amer. pp. 26. [JS# N-02456]