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


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,

International Graduate Student Studies Genome Sequencing for Citrus Pathogen

  Dorien Oppelaar is an international visiting scholar at the University of Florida working in citrus diseases. Oppelaar had contributed to analyze the genomes sequences of a citrus fungal pathogen which causes a disease that steals fruit and profits from producers statewide. “We are looking at post bloom fruit drop because it is another citrus disease that threaten growers in this area and needs work,” said

IRREC Professor Dr. Zhenli He Honored with National Award

Zhenli He, professor of soil fertility and environmental chemistry and associate director for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), will be honored for outstanding research contributions made to his native China. He will be presented with The Kingenta Agricultural Science Award at the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting to be held Oct. 25 in Tampa,

EARTH University student Sharpton Budji Toussaint Joins IRREC as Visiting Scholar

An aspiring scientist and native of Haiti, Sharpton Budji Toussaint recently arrived at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center. Sharpton will serve as a visiting scholar in Alan Wright’s Soil and Water Sciences Laboratory. An undergraduate student at EARTH University in Costa Rica, Toussaint will learn about soil and water