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


Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Alfred Huo

Dr. Alfred Huo joined the MREC team as an assistant professor in February 2017. Huo’s research focuses on breeding ornamental plants and vegetables using biotechnology such as CRISPR. Read more about Dr. Huo’s background, his take on the future of horticulture research and advice for those who want to join the field.   1. What do you research? I mainly research ornamental plants and vegetables like lettuce,

MREC Scholarship Winners Support Local Garden Fair

This past weekend marked the thirteenth annual Garden Fair hosted by the Sweetwater Oaks Garden Club (SWOGC). Over 100 vendors with plants, shrubs, nature photography and yard art attended the two-day event in Longwood, just northwest of Orlando. The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) was in attendance to show our support for this garden club, much like they’ve supported horticulture undergraduate and graduate students at MREC

UF/IFAS Researchers Turn to the Sky for In-Field Water Conservation

When it comes to understanding soil moisture levels, Florida farmers and growers may turn to the sky. Thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services aimed at using sUAS systems to assist with irrigation management, UF researchers are moving closer to understanding moisture and composition in the soil profile. Jim Fletcher, a UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Agent focusing on water resources, has been working

Gator Day 2018 Wrap Up

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center joined other University of Florida colleges, centers and programs at the annual Gator Day, held at the state capitol in Tallahassee. Each group got the opportunity to represent their area of expertise and explain its purpose in their industry. Whether it was landscape design, communications, natural history, engineering or the extensive library system at UF, everyone had the chance to chat


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