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TPIE 2020 Wrap Up: Plants, People and Prosperity

The 2020 Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) took place this year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from January 22-24. TPIE offers attendees the opportunity to see the latest horticultural trends, plant varieties and speak directly to hundreds of exhibitors… Read More

UF Undergrad Wins Outstanding Student Award

Sarah Birkmire was recognized by the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department with an Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In addition to the award, Birkmire will receive a scholarship to aid in academic costs. “I feel honored to have been… Read More

MREC Industrial Hemp Research Highlighted in Orlando Sentinel

Last month Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) Center Director Roger Kjelgren was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel about our role in conducting industrial hemp research. During his interview, Kjelgren spoke about the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project,… Read More

New MREC Faculty: Catherine Campbell

In fall 2019, MREC welcomed Catherine Campbell as a new faculty member and statewide specialist based at the research center in Apopka. Campbell is an assistant professor in the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences with… Read More

MREC Industrial Hemp Research Highlighted by Fox 13 Tampa Bay

Last month Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) Center Director Roger Kjelgren was interviewed by Craig Patrick on Fox 13 Tampa Bay. During his interview, Kjelgren spoke about the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project, highlighting MREC’s research that includes… Read More

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