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


Graduate Student Spotlight: Amanda Morgan

This week, we would like to spotlight Amanda Morgan, a master's degree-seeking student studying horticulture sciences here at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. Read below to learn what inspired Amanda, or Mandy for short, to pursue a career in working with plants and become a self-professed 'plant nerd.'   1. What is your major or main area of study? My major is horticultural sciences and my graduate

State of Affairs: MREC

Wondering what the latest happenings are at MREC? Take a few minutes to read the latest update, courtusey of our Center Director Dr. Roger Kjelgren. As the relatively new director of the Mid Florida Research and Education Center, I still have the luxury of being able to existentially step outside the day-to-day whirlwind of faculty and staff generating goals, creating knowledge, and teaching that knowledge to our industry and general public

Fall Weather May Mean One Thing for Florida Greenhouses: Liverwort

  Cooler weather and damp, dreary days may signal the start of fall to many Floridians, but to greenhouse growers and weed scientists it means one thing: Liverwort. “The toughest weed to control in enclosed structures is, by far, Liverwort,” said Chris Marble, assistant professor of ornamental, landscape and invasive weed management. “It is the worst weed for most growers using greenhouses or in shade.” Liverwort, or

MREC Welcomes Two Student Interns

MREC is happy to welcome two new interns to the Center this fall. Rossie Jimenez and Keisha Cadet, both Valencia College students, will be joining Dr. Alfred Huo's research lab. Take a minute to learn more about our interns below: Name: Rossie Jimenez Major: Biotechnology What do you hope to do after graduation? I hope that I can start working with medicinal plants and investigate