Noris Ledesma, Ph.D.

Curator of Tropical Fruit
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
148885 SW 248 Street
Homestead, FL 33032
USA
Phone: 305.258.0464
Fax: 305.258.0157
nledesma@fairchildgarden.org

Education

Doctorate in Agricultural Economics, Humbold University of Berlin, Germany. 2015
MS in Environmental Education, Universidad de Malaga, Spain. 1999
BS in Forestry Engineering, University, Republic of Colombia. 1993 

General Info

Doctor Noris Ledesma is a horticulturist specialist in tropical fruits. She have an educational background in Tropical Fruits and Economy, Forestry Engineering,  with work experience throughout Latin America, Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, and India. For over 17 years she has been working at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as a Curator of Tropical Fruit. She is a courtesy professor at the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead FL, and an Adjunct Researcher at the United States Department of Agriculture-ARS SHRU (clonal germplasm repository United States), Miami, FL.

Her work includes collecting Mangifera species and their contribution to the people of Borneo.  Undergoing research includes creating interspecific hybrids between Mangifera indica and selected species. She is looking for a perfect mango, a mango variety than possess tree dwarfness, attractive color with good quality fruit, and tolerant to diseases for new sustainable and organic crops and production systems.

Fields of Interest

  • Tropical fruit germplasm acquisition, conservation, interpretation and distribution
  • Tropical fruit cultivar characterization
  • Distribution of genetic resources  

Language Skills

English, Spanish: Fluent oral and written skills

Current Research Projects

  • Interspecific hybrids between Mangifera indica and related species.
  • Characterization of mango cultivars and other Mangifera species
  • Mangifera species collecting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico

Recent Scientific Publications 

Books

Book Chapter: Ensuring the Genetic Diversity of Mangos, Achieving sustainable cultivation of mangoes (Ed.Dr Victor Galán Saúco and Dr Ping Lu) Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, - ID BDSP-BK-2016-0079 (In press).

Book Chapter: Sustainable Horticultural Systems, Issues, Technology and Innovation, Chapter 8. Avocado history, biodiversity and production, pp 157-205,  Print ISBN: 978-3-319-06903-6; Online ISBN: 978-3-319-06904-3,  Ayala Tomas, Ledesma Noris.

Book Chapter: Colombia, Peru, Jamaica. Mango Tree Encyclopedia, Royal Court Affairs, Sultan of Oman, Ledesma Noris.

Miami Flavors: Our City's Culinary Point of View,  Miami Children Hospital Foundation. 2008. Miami, Florida. Print ISBN: 978-615-24638-3-2. , Contributor.

For the Love of Mangos-India. Campbell, R.J., Ledesma Noris, 2008. , Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida. . Print ISBN: 978-1-4276-3671-1.

Fairchild's Quick Guide to Mangos of the World. Campbell, R.J., Ledesma Noris, 2003.  Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida. 

The exotic jackfruit: Growing the World's Largest Fruit. Campbell, R.J., Ledesma Noris, 2003.  , Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida. Print ISBN: 0-9632264-6-0.

Tropical Mangos "How to grow the world's most delicious fruit. Campbell, R.J., Ledesma Noris and C.W. Campbell (ed). 2002.  Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida. Print ISBN: 0-9632264-5-2.

Publications 

Training and Pruning a Mango Orchard to Improve Blooming and Yield in South Florida, Noris Ledesma, Richard J. Campbell. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS Extension Miami Dade County.  Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2016.

Ground Covers for Organic Mango Production in South Florida, Noris Ledesma, Richard J. Campbell. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS Extension Miami Dade County.  Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2016.

Economic Feasibility of Small-Scale Specialty Mango Production in South Florida, Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Mumbai Farm, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2015.

South Florida Cottage Industry with Canistel (Pouteria campechiana), Noris Ledesma and Richard J. Campbell, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2015.

Interspecific Hybrids Between Mangifera indica and Related Species, Noris Ledesma, Richard J. Campbell, Michael Hass, Thiago B. Campbell, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the 10th International Mango Symposium, Number 994, Australia, November 2015. (In Press)   


Conservation and Commercial Development of Mangifera Species [Wild Mangos] in Florida, USA, Noris Ledesma, and Richard Campbell, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL, USA. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2014.

 

The Introduction and Commercialization of West Indian Avocados to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Living Collection, South Florida, USA. Noris Ledesma, Richard Campbell and Todd Walton, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL, USA. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2014.

        

Floral Morphology of six Mangifera sp,  Noris Ledesma, Richard Campbell,  Hank W. Poor, Julio J. Figueroa, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156; and Scott Zona, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8Th St Marc 510, Miami FL 33199, USA.  International Society for Horticultural Science, Proccedings of the 10th International Mango Symposium, Number 994, Australia, November 2015. (In Press).

 

Morphological and physio-chemical characterization of five Canistel accessions at the subtropical horticulture research station in Miami Florida, Tomas Ayala, Andrea Salas, Noris Ledesma,  Michel Winstertein. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto 2014. 

  

Characterization and evaluation of five jaboticaba accessions at the subtropical. horticulture research station in Miami, Florida, Tomas Ayala, Hamide Gubbuk, Andrea Salas, Michel Winstertein, Noris Ledesma. Fruits, © CIRAD, EDP Sciences, 2014.

 

Morphological and chemical characterization of the kei apple (Dovyalis spp), Tomas Ayala, Andrea Salas, Michel Winstertein, Noris Ledesma. 2014. 

 

Mango Cultivars with Potential for Commercial Development,  Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma. International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the Ninth International Mango Symposium, Dominican Republic, November 2013. 

The Changing Face of Cultivars for the Western Hemisphere. Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma. International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the Ninth International Mango Symposium, Number 992, China, November 2010. pp 55-58.

Locations and Cultivars for Indian Mango Production in the Americas.  Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma. International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the Ninth International Mango Symposium, Number 992, China, November 2010. pp 59-62.

The Western Grower's Perspective on Mango Breeding.  Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma. International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the Ninth International Mango Symposium, Number 992, China, November 2010. pp 317-320.

Update on New Mangiferas Species in Florida,  USA. Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma. International Society for Horticultural Science, Proceedings of the Ninth International Mango Symposium, Number 992, China, November 2010. pp 95-99.

The Characterization of Sapodilla Cultivars. Bianca Bonilla, FIU. Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma, Bradley Bennett. American Society for Horticultural Science, April 2012.  

Race, Interracial Admixture and Genetic Differentiation of Avocado (Persea Americana Mill.). Edward Boza, Cecile Tondo, David Kuhn, Alan Meerow, Osman Gutierrez; USDA/ARS. Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma, FTBG. Raymond J. Schnell, Mars, Inc. American Society for Horticultural Science, April 2012.  

Trends in Mango Production and Cultivars Wordwide. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. American Society, November 2009.  

Florida Avocado Heritage Collection for South Florida. Carlos Balerdi, Richard J. Campbell, Miami-Dade County Extension, UF, and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2007. 

The Inverted Root Graft: Applications for the Home Garden in Florida. Noris Ledesma and Richard J. Campbell, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 2007.

Horticultural Lessons within the Williams F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion. Noris Ledesma, and Richard J. Campbell, and Juan Valls, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 119: 58-60. 2006. 

Tropical Fruit Urban Forestry at the WhitmanTropicalFruitPlaza of FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden. Noris Ledesma, Richard J. Campbell, and Juan Valls, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 119: 13-15. 2006. 

Collecting Pouterias (Pouteria spp.), Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) and Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito) on the PacificCoast of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 119: 58-60. 2006.

A Plan for the Future of the Export Mango Industry of the Western Hemisphere. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Pro. Interamer. Soc. 2006.  

Collecting Mammea Americana L. in Tropical America: Potential for Florida. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Proc. Fla. State Hort. 2005.

Potential of New West Indian Avocado Selections for Tropical America. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden,Coral Gables. Pro. Interamer. Soc. Trop. Hort. 48: 85-88. 2005.  

Williams Grove Genetic Resource Center: A Scientific and Outreach Facility for South Florida. Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma and Gilberto Aleman, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables. Pro. Interamer. Soc. Trop. Hort. 48: 82-64. 2005.  

Professional and Service Activities

  • Co Author of Mango Tree Encyclopedia, Sultanate of Oman 2014 (In Press)
  • Writer for Miami Herald (2009-Present)
  • Writer for The Tropical Garden Magazine (2001-Present)
  • Writer for Tropical Fruit News magazine
  •  Assistant Executive Secretary Treasurer (2000-2008) of the Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture (500 members in Tropical America, Asia, Africa)
  • Editor, Proceedings of the Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture: 1999-2008
  • Editor Newsletter of the Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture: 1999- 2008
  • Vice President of Florida State Horticulture Society in the Krome Memorial 2008-Present
  • Organize committee of the International Mango Festival and other specific fruit festivals at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Board Member of Slow Food Organization 2008 

Awards

Florida Magazine Association, The Charlie Award for the Best Service Feature for the Tropical Cuisine Column, 2007 and 2008.