Raymond Oglesby

Raymond P. Oglesby, 1990 Inductee

Raymond P. Oglesby, 1990 Inductee

Raymond P. Oglesby, president of Oglesby Plant Laboratories, has contributed extensively to Florida’s agriculture in the area of tissue culture. He developed a disease-free banana plant now used extensively in Jamaica. He later used the expertise gained in working with bananas to apply tissue culture to avocadoes, pineapples, plantains and to foliage plants. A virus-free potato developed by Oglesby was used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a seed stock. His tissue culture laboratory was the first in Florida and served as the forerunner of the tissue culture system now proliferating into many other agricultural commodities. He is a charter member of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association and holds the longest tenure as chairman of the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Trade Show.

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