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


UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow -- a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part of a team of UF/IFAS researchers that has received a three-year, $733,000 federal grant for this research. “The grant allows us to

UF soil scientist selected ‘fellow’ in national society

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Sabine Grunwald likes to get her hands dirty, and in the process, try to conserve the environment. The University of Florida scientist has been selected as one of 12 new fellows to the Soil Science Society of America, a professional society. A professor in the UF/IFAS department of soil and water sciences, Grunwald specializes in digital soil mapping and modeling of soil landscapes. One thing she measures is

UF scientist: Calves conceived in winter perform better

          GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier – and this impact should last a lifetime, a University of Florida scientist says. In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. A new UF/IFAS study shows calves conceived during winter went on to produce more calves and

UF center director speaks on Zika at national roundtable

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Jorge Rey, who runs a University of Florida research and education center on the front line in the fight against Zika, brought his expertise to a roundtable discussion at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., focused on the latest methods to control the potentially deadly virus and other emerging pathogens. Rey, director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) in Vero Beach, went to the nation’s capital