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


UF/IFAS Master Gardeners Visit MREC

Last week, MREC hosted a tour for up-and-coming UF/IFAS Master Gardeners and talked about projects with researchers and Extension agents focused on agricultural economics, water conservation and plant breeding. The group went to greenhouses at MREC to learn about different plant varieties and how researchers are studying plants to get desired traits, such as color, size, flowering, etc. These traits can be impacted by things like differing

UF Degrees at MREC: Plant Science and Geomatics

  Did you know you can get a four-year University of Florida degree right here in Central Florida? Regardless if you work full time, part time or have been out of school for a decade, you are able to return to school and attend UF remotely. At the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, Florida, you just need your associate in arts degree (AA) to transfer into UF and start the undergraduate journey in plant science or

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Shawn Schutte

This week, we would like to spotlight Shawn Schutte, an undergraduate plant science senior here at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. Shawn is not a 'typical' student but transferred to the MREC after years of experience in the Florida agricultural sector. Read his story below. 1. What is your major or main area of study? My main area of study is plant science. 2. What is your main motivation to

MREC Hosted: IPM Scouting Class

A recent UF/IFAS IPM Scouting Class focused on foliage, landscape and vegetable production helped its attendees to understand how integrated pest management (IPM), identifying potential pests and the benefits of scouting all could improve overall plant health and production. Scouting is the routine monitoring of a crop to identify a problematic pest, disease or production issue before it becomes too damaging to a plant or whole crop.