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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Chris Marble

Associate Professor of Ornamental & Landscape Weed Management

Contact Chris:


Phone: 407-410-6960

Dr. Chris Marble is an associate professor of ornamental and landscape weed management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. Marble is a passionate horticulturalist and educator, studying the growth and management of weeds and invasive plant species in landscapes and ornamental plant production. Marble’s research program aims to develop new methods of weed control using an integrated approach combining both chemical and non-chemical treatments.

As an instructor for Pest Management University, Marble focuses on teaching pest control professionals about the importance of identifying weed species before applying treatment. Marble works with extension faculty and staff, growers, landscapers, homeowners, and other stakeholders to deliver the latest information on weed pests and provide the most effective, economical, and environmentally friendly methods of weed control in and around ornamental plants.

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications

    • Khamare, Y., C. Marble, and A. Chandler. 2020. Eclipta prostrata interference in container-grown ornamentals with subdressed fertilizer. Weed Science.
    • Khamare, Y., C. Marble, N.S. Boyd, and S.T. Steed. 2020. Pre- and postemergence control of Praxelis clematidea: An emerging weed in Florida nurseries. Weed Technology.
    • Berthold, D.E., A. Elazar, F. Lefler, C. Marble, H.D. Laughinghouse. 2020. Control of algal growth on greenhouse surfaces using commercial algaecides. Scientia Agricola.
    • Campbell, S.M., J. Pearson, and S.C. Marble. 2020. Substrate type and temperature on germination parameters of butterfly pea. HortTechnology 30: 398-403.
    • Saha, D., C. Marble, N. Torre, and A. Chandler. 2019. Fertilizer placement affects growth and reproduction of three common weed species in pine bark-based soilless nursery substrates. Weed Science 67:682-688.
    • Marble, S.C., S. Steed, D. Saha, and Y. Khamare. 2019. On-farm evaluations of wood-derived, waste paper, and plastic mulch materials for weed control in Florida container nurseries. HortTechnology 29:866-873.
  • Popular EDIS Publications
  • Awards & Recognition
    • International IPM Symposium Team Award of Recognition - 2018
    • Distinguished Team Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi-Alpha Delta Chapter – 2018
    • 2019-2022 University of Florida/IFAS Term Professorship
    • 2019 Extension Professionals Association of Florida Most Outstanding State Specialist
    • University of Florida/IFAS Extension Entrepreneurial Team Award
  • Education
    • Ph.D., Horticulture, Auburn University

    • M.S., Horticulture, Auburn University

    • B.S., Horticulture, Auburn University

From the lab of dr. chris marble

Plant Pest Species Spotlight: Lantana Strigocamara

Lantana strigocamara is a non-native landscape weed commonly found in natural wooded areas and undisturbed pastureland. This plant is problematic year-round in the sunshine state, thriving in wet or dry soil. Lantana is considered...

Plant Pest Species Spotlight: Bidens alba

Bidens alba, or Spanish needle, is a native Florida landscape weed. A pollinator favorite, this native species serves a vital role in providing pollen and nectar for Florida wildlife, and is fine in natural areas. More information on...

Plant Pest Species Spotlight: Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

Pyrrhopappus carolinanus, or false dandelion, is commonly seen throughout the southeast on roadsides, in pastureland and natural areas. Be sure to wear gloves when removing this plant pest as false dandelion stems emit a milky liquid...