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Extension & Plant Clinic

Program Areas

Agricultural Economics

Hayk Khachatryan, Ph.D.

Entomology & IPM

Steven Arthurs, Ph.D. & Lance Osborne, Ph.D.

Environmental Horticulture

Joseph Albano, Ph.D. & Brian Pearson, Ph.D.

Greenhouse Citrus Production

Richard Beeson, Ph.D.

Landscape Ornamentals

Richard Beeson, Ph.D.

Plant Pathology

G. Shad Ali, Ph.D. & David Norman, Ph.D.

Plant Physiology

Jianjun Chen, Ph.D.


Dennis Gray, Ph.D.

Weed Management

Developing effective, economical, & environmentally-friendly weed controls


MREC's Center Director

Dr. Joseph P. Albano - MREC Center Director and Professor - would like to welcome you to the Mid-Florida Research & Education Center.

Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants Through Precision Breeding

Click to learn about Viticulture and advanced methods for crop improvement.

Smith-Lever Act

In 2014, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service in Florida.

Plant Clinic

For residents of northwest Orange County, a plant clinic is provided by the University of Florida - IFAS / Orange County Extension Service Master Gardeners and/or Urban Horticulturalists.