Program Areas

Soil and Water Science

Soil and water science is vital for environmental protection

Citrus Horticulture

Serving growers in the world's renowned citrus production region

Plant Pathology

Providing crop protection research for the region's agricultural crops

Entomology Biological Control

Invasive insects are controlled with natural enemies


Aquaculture program for local industry

Postharvest Technology

Postharvest technology research is conducted in the Postharvest Facility


First root biologist joins UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center

An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s statewide Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s commitment to restore Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. “Healthy roots are essential for a healthy plant. Dr. Rossi’s root biology research will investigate

IRREC’s Dr. Ferrarezi Honored With National Award

Rhuanito “Johnny” Ferrarezi and his research colleagues won a national award at the recent American Society of Horticultural Sciences annual meeting for work completed on a biofeedback system to measure photosynthetic light efficiency inside precision grow houses. Ferrarezi is an assistant professor of citrus horticulture at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center

IRREC’s Dr. Rhuanito “Johnny” Ferrarezi Wins International Award

A University of Florida research professor has been recognized along with a team of international scientists with a prestigious award for water and energy conservation in irrigation practices. The National Water and Energy Conservation Award was presented by the Irrigation Association at the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando to a group of scientists who received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National

70th Anniversary Celebration Event for IRREC, Nov. 16

Seventy years of service to growers in the world’s renowned grapefruit production region will be celebrated Nov. 16 as officials with the University of Florida IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce recognize its anniversary and commitment to food production and natural resources protection. “We could not be more proud of the work that continues to be accomplished at the UF/IFAS Indian River REC,” said Jack Payne,