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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

MREC Graduate Student Yuvraj Khamare Places at Student Research Competition

Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) environmental horticulture doctoral student Yuvraj Khamare placed third in the Charlie Parkerson Student Paper competition sponsored by the International Plant Propagators Society. As part of the...

Weed Science Update: Homeowner Herbicide Considerations, Applications and Selections

With spring weather approaching, many Florida homeowners now find themselves preparing their landscapes and gardens for spring planting. One effective strategy for weed management is the effective application of chemical controls, or...

Weed of the Week: Praxelis clematidea

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly post about weed's found in Florida's landscapes, production nurseries, and natural areas. This week's weed of the week is Praxelis clematidea. Praxelis clematidea is an annual...