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


Women in Ag: Dr. Liz Felter

Dr. Liz Felter began her journey in horticulture at a time when university professors didn’t know if it was appropriate for women to learn how to use a chainsaw or front-end loader tractor. Needless to say, a lot has changed since the 1970s. Felter was in only the second class at the State University of New York at Cobleskill that allowed women to major in their two-year horticulture program. Out of the seven women in this class, it

What is CRISPR?

Technological advancements and market demands shape numerous industries, and horticulture is no exception. To meet these demands, this plant-based industry must continue to evolve in order to survive. As Darwinistic as this sounds, it is very much true. Biotechnology, in particular, has become an important tool to help meet consumer demands and shape the marketplace. Research is being applied across the world in breeding food crops and

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Fresh from Florida Plant Products

Florida consumers see value in and are willing to pay more for locally-grown products, especially when it comes to landscape and ornamental plants, according to a new study conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Hayk Khachatryan. Khachatryan, who leads the Consumer Behavior & Insights Lab at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, conducted a rating-based

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,


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