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.