Ramón Arancibia

Assistant Professor of Horticulture


Ph.D. 2003 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Horticulture
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Plant Health
Ing. Agr.
University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Fruits trees & berries


2014-present Assistant Professor and Horticulture Specialist. (Horticulture program) Eastern Shore AREC, Virginia Tech. Painter, VA
Assistant Research Professor. (Sweetpotato research program) NMREC-Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch, Mississippi State University, Pontotoc, MS
Research Specialist II. (Horticulture program) University of the Virgin Islands-Agricultural Experiment Station, St. Croix USVI.
Research Associate. (Vegetable crops) Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Department of Horticulture, Baton Rouge LA.
Graduate Research Assistant. (Pathology) Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Baton Rouge LA.
Visiting scientist. (Postharvest pathology) University of California, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, Davis CA and Chilean Exporters Association, Santiago, Chile.
Farm manager. Rabuco farm 71, Hijuelas, Chile.
Ing. Ag. Program. (Fruit tree pathology) University of Chile, Department of Plant Health, Santiago Chile.
  • Gajanayake, B., K. R. Reddy, M. Shankle, and R.A. Arancibia. 2014. Growth, developmental,
    and physiological responses of two sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L. [Lam]) cultivars to
    early season soil moisture deficit. Scientia Horticulturae. (Accepted upon revision).
  • Arancibia, R.A., C.D. Smith, J.L. Main, D.R. La Bonte, T.P. Smith, and A.Q. Villordon. 2014.
    Optimizing Sweetpotato Production for Fresh and Processing Markets through Plant
    Spacing and Planting-Harvest Time. HortTechnology (in press).
  • Clark, C.A. W.L. da Silva, R.A. Arancibia, J.L. Main, J.R. Schultheis, Z. Pesic van-Esbroeck,
    and C. Jiang. 2013. Incidence of End Rots and Internal Necrosis in Sweetpotato is
    Affected by Cultivar, Curing, and Ethephon Defoliation. HortTechnology (in press).
  • Gajanayake, B., K.R. Reddy, M. Shankle, and R.A. Arancibia. 2013. Varying Soil Moisture at
    Early Season Alters Sweetpotato Storage Root Initiation and Development. HortScience
    48: 1457-1462.
  • Wang, X., R.A. Arancibia, J.L. Main, M.W. Shankle, and D.R. Labonte. 2013. Preharvest foliar applications of ethephon increases the skin lignin/suberin content and the resistance to
    skinning in sweetpotato storage roots. HortScience 48: 1270-1274.
  • Arancibia, R.A., J.L. Main and C. Clark. 2013. Sweetpotato Tip Rot Incidence Is Increased by
    Preharvest Applications of Ethephon and Reduced by Curing. HortTechnology 23:288-
  • Wosula, E.N., J.A. Davis, C.A. Clark, T.P. Smith, R.A. Arancibia, F.R. Musser, and J.T. Reed.
    2013. The role of aphid abundance, species diversity and virus titer in the spread of
    sweetpotato potyviruses in Louisiana and Mississippi. Plant Dis. 97:53-61
  • Sheibani, E., T. Kim, D.S. Wang, J.L. Silva, R.A. Arancibia, F.B. Matta, and D. Picha. 2013,
    Optimization of Hot Water Treatment for Sprout and Spoilage Inhibition of Cured Sweet
    Potato. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. (doi: 10.1111/j.1745-
  • Arancibia, R.A. and C.E. Motsenbocker. 2008. Differential Watermelon Fruit Size Distribution
    in Response to Plastic Mulch and Spunbonded Polyester Rowcover. HortTechnology
  • Williamson, J. R., R. A. Arancibia, T. W. Zimmerman, and G. S. Hodges. 2008. First Report of
    Philephedra tuberculosa (Hemiptera: Coccidae) in the United States Virgin Islands.
    Florida Entomologist, 91:483-484
  • Arancibia, R.A. and C.E. Motsenbocker. 2006. Pectin Methylesterase Activity In Vivo Differs
    from Activity In Vitro and Enhances Polygalacturonase-Mediated Pectin Degradation in
    Tabasco Pepper. J. Plant Physiol. 163:488-496.
  • Arancibia, R.A. and C.E. Motsenbocker. 2004. Pectin Ultra-Degradation Decreases the Force
    Required to Detach Ripe Fruit from the Calyx in Tabasco Pepper. J. Amer. Soc. Hort.
    Sci. 129:642-648.
  • Motsenbocker, C. E. and R.A. Arancibia. 2002. In-Row Spacing Influences Triploid Watermelon Yield and Crop Value. HortTechnology 12:437-440.
  • Motsenbocker, C.E. and R.A. Arancibia. 2000. Tabasco Pepper Flower Abscission at the
    Pedicel-Stem Zone. Acta Hort. 514:213-218.
  • Arancibia, R.A. and R.A. Valverde. 1995. Properties of a cryptic virus from pepper (Capsicum
    annuum). Plant Pathology 44:164-168
  • Valverde, R.A., R.A. Arancibia, and F. Can. 1994. Nonradioactive Probes by Direct Labeling of ssRNA from dsRNA. BioTecniques 17:70-72
  • Lagunas-Solar, M.C., A. DeMateo, J.E Fernandez , J.I. Oyarzun, O.F. Carvacho, R.A. Arancibia, and P.O. Delgado. 1992. Radiotracer Studies on the Uptake and Retention (Conversion) of 35S-Sulfur Dioxide in Table Grapes. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. 43:266-274
  • Lagunas-Solar, M.C., A. DeMateo, J.E Fernandez , J.I. Oyarzun, O.F. Carvacho, R.A. Arancibia, and P.O. Delgado. 1992. Generadores de Anhidrido Sulfuroso: Cinetica de Produccion y Emision de SO2 en Medios Ambientales Controlados y en Condiciones Comerciales Simuladas. Simiente 62:273-284
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