Extension & Plant Clinic

Program Areas

Agricultural Economics

Hayk Khachatryan, Ph.D.

Entomology & IPM

Lance Osborne, Ph.D.

Environmental Horticulture

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


Save the Date: Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference

Register now for the 3rd Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference on February 21, 2018 right here at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center! Presentations and discussion topics include agricultural labor, trade and global competition, agricultural product consumer marketing research, economic impacts of natural disasters on agriculture, agricultural legislative update and economic opportunities and threats facing Florida

Hydroponics Workshop Supports Down Syndrome Students

  Last week, a group of Down syndrome students attended a hydroponics workshop with Extension agents at MREC. The group of 10 students learned the basics of hydroponic systems through hands-on activities led by Hannah Wooten, Seminole County Extension agent, and Dr. Liz Felter, regional specialized Extension agent. Topics included how the system works, materials, plant health and hydroponic maintenance. Students spent their

EDIS Update: Boston Ferns

One of the most popular household plants for homeowners is the Boston Fern. Boston Ferns are often used as indoor foliage plants in pots or hanging baskets or are grown outdoors in landscapes as a groundcover in shady areas. In North Central Florida, Boston Ferns can often be seen growing in shadehouses. Cultivating Boston Ferns does not come without its own challenges however, which is why our faculty’s newest EDIS publication, which lists

TPIE 2018 Wrap Up

The MREC team recently attended the annual Tropical International Plant Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to talk with the industry and see what new tropical plants we can look forward to see in 2018 on store shelves and in garden centers. With over 800 booth spaces, TPIE 2018 easily showed us the top trends in foliage, floral and tropical plant varieties. The booth displays made you forget you were in a convention center and on an outdoor


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