Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers

The University of Florida has named Michael Rogers as the interim director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

He will replace Jackie Burns, who was named UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' dean for research.

Both will assume their new positions Nov. 1.

An associate professor, Rogers received a doctorate in entomology from the University of Kentucky and specializes in citrus integrated pest management, according to a news release.

His research has focused on the Asian citrus psyllid, the insect that spreads citrus greening, also known as huanglongbing or HLB.