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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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu
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