MREC Mission Statement
The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research center located in Apopka, the heart of the state’s greenhouse and nursery industry. MREC serves this industry by fulfilling the Land-Grant mission of the University of Florida with timely Research, Teaching, and Extension resources to enhance producer profitability and consumer quality of life.
To create and share knowledge of high value plants so producers and consumers can pursue fulfilling livelihoods and lifestyles in Florida and beyond.
MREC’s research focus is lifestyle horticulture: profitable yet environmentally responsible production and use of high value horticulture plants and plant products to satisfy demand driven by consumer tastes, preferences, and wellness.
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