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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Chris Marble

Assistant Professor of Ornamental & Landscape Weed Management

Contact Chris:


Phone: 407-410-6960

Dr. Chris Marble is an assistant 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

New Weed Science Resource: Comparing Plant ID Apps

The Landscape and Ornamental Production Weed Management Laboratory at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center has a new resource comparing plant identification apps and offering tips for budding horticulturists who are hoping to use apps to...

Wild Weeds: Friends or Foes?

When it comes to gardening mishaps, sometimes letting weeds run wild can be a good thing. Have you ever noticed tiny white flowers lining roadways, or more commonly, your landscape bed? What about flowers in fields, forests, or other natural...

Weed of the Week: Eclipta

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. This week's weed of the week is Eclipta (Eclipta prostrata)....