Category: Agriculture

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

Industry Spotlight: Cherrylake

Out of 1,800 acres statewide, Cherrylake has over 1,000 acres of rolling hills of ornamental tree production in Groveland, Florida. The main farm consists of seemingly endless rows of manicured oaks, maples, elms, bald cypress, magnolias, crape myrtles… Read More

Industry Spotlight: Do Good Farm

Located in Winter Garden, Do Good Farm’s mission is to end hunger and malnutrition through education and training for individuals and their communities. Do Good Farm was created to not only grow organic, healthy food but to teach… Read More

EDIS Update: Biology and Management of Pusley (Richardia L.) in Tomato, Pepper, Cucurbit, and Strawberry Production

Pusley (Richardia L.) is a common Florida weed in vegetable and strawberry production. The Florida pusley is a native to the state but the three South American varieties are often mistaken for each due to similar distributions, growth habits,… Read More

EDIS Update: Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) Flower Extract (BPFE) and Its Use as a pH-Dependent Natural Colorant

The butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) plant’s flower has a unique trait of changing color with the use of acidic additives and is a natural colorant. In the past, the food industry used synthetic dyes to enhance food and drink… Read More