Category: Farm Management

Controlled burn in TREC’s Pine Rockland

HOMESTEAD,  Fla. The Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) has an 8.5-acre fragment of Pine Rockland, one of the most imperiled habitats on earth. Only about 4 percent of Pine Rockland habitat remains in Florida. Periodic fires, which… Read More

Mango Pollination

The Impact of Arthropods on Pollination and Fruit Set of Keitt Mangoes National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.  The Tropical Fruit Entomology lab at TREC… Read More

What is NOT Agroecology?

Revisiting What IS Agroecology Last post we focused on introducing agroecology through its key areas (production, environment, and society) and its foundational principles (systems, production, biodiversity, and resilience). The agroecology framework motivates sustainable crop production and natural resource… Read More

Introducing Agroecology

What is Agroecology? Agroecology is a paradigm for scientists and farming communities that prioritizes food production, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Agroecological innovations build from the resource-constrained ways we farmed before synthetic fertilizer with a modern design to… Read More

New Serious Pest of Lychee and Longan Trees Found in Florida

Daniel Carrillo1, Alexandra M. Revynthi1, Jeff Wasielewski2, Christian Miller3 and Jonathan H. Crane4 The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM), Aceria litchii  (Figure 1), was found in a 3-acre commercial lychee orchard in Lee County on Pine Island, FL in… Read More

Students at UF-TREC received scholarships sponsored by the Dade County Agri Council at annual luncheon.

Homestead, FL – For the last 55 years, the Annual Agricultural Farm Tour and Luncheon tours different agricultural operations to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of farming in South Florida’s subtropical climate.  Additionally, the Board of Directors of the Dade County… Read More

One Night in the Tropics Event

The University of Florida-Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC)’s 4th One Night in the Tropics event is under way. This year’s celebration is a special one as our community has suffered major losses due to Hurricane Irma.  After several… Read More

TREC Helps Growers, Trains Future Plant Breeders

Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) are looking for ways to improve production of crops such as squash and watermelon. Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor in the Horticultural… Read More

Using Teamwork to Advance Florida Agriculture

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences already ranks in the top three land grant universities in numbers of plant breeders, cultivars developed and cultivars licensed for commercial propagation. We’re getting even stronger. We’ve just… Read More