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


Lifestyle factors, not demographics, tied to CSA membership

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you’re a high earner and have a graduate degree, chances are you’d rather eat out than buy your food through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, according to a national survey co-authored by a researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This was one of the several insights researchers gained into consumers’ intentions to participate in CSA, said Zhifeng Gao,

UF expert: Treat your parched lawn properly

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Many lawns are turning brown and crispy in the drought, but University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences specialists can help homeowners maintain healthy landscapes. Some areas of Florida have received barely half an inch of rain this month, according to the National Weather Service. Fourteen counties in peninsular Florida show drought indices of at least 550, according to the Keetch-Byrum

UF/IFAS alumna wins prestigious Braun award

For the second time this decade, a new graduate of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has won the E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology from the Ecological Society of America (ESA), honoring the best student research poster at the most recent ESA annual meeting. Jules NeSmith, who earned her master’s degree from the UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment in December, attended the ESA

UF researchers offer tips on keeping black bears away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Imagine eating 38 Big Macs in one day. That’s what a black bear can consume – up to 20,000 calories a day. And, the animals are known to scavenge for food wherever they can find it, including garbage cans and bird feeders. Now, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences offer tips on how to keep black bears out of your yard and food sources. There are approximately 4,000