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


Science Fair Head Judge Recognized with UF/IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award

A devoted science fair judge, mentor, and research scientist recognized for expertise with entomopathogenic fungi has been recognized by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with a Superior Accomplishment Award. Pasco Avery is a Biological Scientist III at the UF Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce (UF/IRREC). The center is part of the university’s statewide Institute of Food and

2018 UF/IFAS IRREC Citrus Horticulture Lab Digital Photography Contest

Contest Submissions: Jan 15 to March 31, 2018 Note: Entries are taken by e-mail only (Robin Koestoyo, PURPOSE: To promote citriculture, support the IRREC Citrus Horticulture program, and encourage horticulture-related photography. All citrus-related subjects are welcome, including different citrus species and varieties, groves, cultural practices (planting, fertilization, irrigation, spraying, harvesting),

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