Category: UF/IFAS Research

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

EDIS Update: Biology and Management of Yellow (Cyperus escuelentus) and Purple Nutsedge (C. rotundus) in Ornamental Crop Production and Landscapes

The yellow (Cyperus escuelentus) and purple nutsedge (C. rotundus) both can be used in ornamental lawns and crop production. This updated EDIS publication gives insight on how to manage this grass and its general biology. The habitat, distribution, physical makeup,… Read More

EDIS Update: Process of Drying Post-Harvest Hops (Humulus lupulus) for Small-Scale Producers Using a Novel Drying Rig

It is an industry standard to use dried hops in the beer production process for both Florida hop growers and hobby brewers. This EDIS publication focuses on the drying of post-harvest hops (Humulus lupulus) before storage to prevent mildew or… Read More

TPIE 2019 Wrap Up

The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association hosted its annual Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) from January 16-18 in Ft. Lauderdale. Each year, the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) is just as excited to share our… Read More

Urban Food Systems & MREC

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center is continuing to evolve to meet the lifestyle horticulture needs and interests of its urban constituency in Central Florida.  Urban food systems are becoming a major element of MREC’s urban portfolio…. Read More

AAAS Leshner Fellowship Update with MREC’s Roger Kjelgren

This past year, Roger Kjelgren, MREC’s center director, was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Leshner Fellowship. We had a chance to chat with Kjegren about his experience as an AAAS Leshner Fellow so… Read More