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Category: Agriculture

UF Student Creates DIY Predator-Rearing System

Two years ago, Sarah Birkmire took her first entomology class and since then she has been hooked on the study of insects. An avid gardener herself, Birkmire is interested in pest control and plays scientist in her own… Read More

Graduate Student Wins International Plant Propagation Society Award

Mid-Florida Research and Education Center student Yuvraj Khamare was recently awarded third place in the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) Southern Region Charlie Parkerson Student Research Competition at the 2019 IPPS Southern Region show. “This competition gives graduate… Read More

EDIS Update: Who Is Interested in Purchasing Smart Irrigation Systems?

Water conservation continues to be a goal for the horticulture industry as scarcity concerns increase. Technology is looked at as a possible solution to increase residential irrigation efficiency.   The new ‘smart’ irrigation systems available include evapotranspiration and… Read More

EDIS Update: Biology and Management of Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) in Ornamental Crop Production

Weed management is a constant battle in Florida landscapes, nurseries and agricultural production areas. Doveweed, a grass-like warm season annual weed, is a common contender in this battle. This EDIS document provides updated information about doveweed habitat, distribution,… Read More

EDIS Update: Florida Homeowner Herbicide Guide- Considerations, Applications and Selection

Homeowners generally have two options for pest control: hire a lawn maintenance company or have a do-it-yourself mentality. This EDIS publication helps Florida gardeners, horticulturalists and homeowners perform their own pest control with the use of herbicides. Topics discussed… Read More

MREC Graduate Student Wins Proposal Competition and Travel Grant at Root Short Course

MREC graduate student Yuvraj Khamare won a mock grant proposal and $300 travel grant from the University of Florida short course entitled Linking Root Architecture to Function. Khamare worked with three other graduate students to create a mock… Read More

Wrap Up: MREC’s Strong Attendance at ASHS 2019

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center’s (MREC) researchers and graduate students had strong attendance at this year’s American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual international conference. The MREC team participated in panel sessions, gave presentations and presented… Read More

MREC Researcher Featured on Horticultural Marketing Podcast

MREC researcher Alicia Rihn was a guest on Bridget Behe’s podcast, a horticultural marketing researcher and speaker. Rihn talked about consumer perceptions about local versus organic food plants. In addition, the two talked about how consumers relate to… Read More

EDIS Update: Marketing Florida-Friendly Landscapes to Florida Homeowners

Florida-Friendly Landscapes (FFL) is a program unique to the state that provides information to homeowners about installing sustainable landscapes that require less water, attracts wildlife and are better for the environment. Many residents are resorting to ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY)… Read More