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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

Industry Spotlight: Green Sky Growers by Valencia College

Green Sky Growers by Valencia College operates urban aquaponic and hydronic systems to showcase how to grow local, fresh produce. Based in downtown Winter Garden, Green Sky Growers by Valencia College is located in a state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouse… 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

MREC Faculty Wins Outstanding Extension Research Specialist

Chris Marble, an assistant professor of ornamental and landscape weed management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, was recently recognized by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and awarded Outstanding Extension Research Specialist… Read More