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The UF Indian River Research and Education Center, or IRREC in Fort Pierce, is one of the 13 IFAS research and education centers. Research began on the site in 1947 with only one scientist and a small laboratory.

Today, the IRREC is known internationally for cutting-edge research and a high quality educational program offered to students who commute to the center from a five county region. Bachelor's degree programs in Microbiology and Cell Science, Environmental Management and Plant Science are available to students with an Associate in Arts degree. Master's degree programs include Agricultural Education and Communication, Entomology, Environmental Horticulture, and Environmental Science. Certificate programs include Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Education and Communication, and Entomology.

In addition to degree programs, the center provides regional leadership to agriculturalists with research and extension programs. Those programs include biological, chemical and cultural pest management, utilizing entomology, virology, and plant pathology of citrus, ornamental and vegetable crops, and study to control invasive plants. Specific research areas include: water and nutrient management for citrus and flatwoods soils; epidemiology and control of leaf and fruit diseases of citrus; evaluation of citrus and vegetable cultivars in Florida; utilization of soil amendments; micro-irrigation of horticultural crops in humid regions; leadership in citrus, vegetable and water management state extension programs on the east coast of Florida; economic production of agricultural products; post-harvest handling and packing of agricultural products; biological control of invasive plants and aquaculture.

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