Program Areas

Soil and Water Science

Soil and water science is vital for environmental protection

Citrus Horticulture

Serving growers in the world's renowned citrus production region

Plant Pathology

Providing crop protection research for the region's agricultural crops

Entomology Biological Control

Invasive insects are controlled with natural enemies


Aquaculture program for local industry

Postharvest Technology

Postharvest technology research is conducted in the Postharvest Facility


With $3 million grant, researchers hope to help find sites to grow tomorrow’s produce

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida researchers are sounding a warning bell that fresh produce may be hard to come by in the future. Scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences cite changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition for resources as major threats in farmers’ ability to increase production of fruits and vegetables. With a new $3 million federal grant, Senthold Asseng, a UF/IFAS

From the family farm to UF/IFAS: The new chair of environmental horticulture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When he was 4, Dean Kopsell moved with his family to a 200-acre nursery in northern Illinois. He spent days roaming the farm, wading in the creek that ran through the property and playing in the barns. In high school and college, Kopsell worked summers with his dad, selling shade trees and shrubs. It seemed natural that he would study plants in college. After he earned his bachelor’s degree, Kopsell, returned to the

UF professor inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Joy Cantrell Jordan, University of Florida associate professor emerita, has been named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Jordan is considered a pioneer in 4-H curriculum, developing programs now used by educators across the county. On Oct. 6, Jordan will be inducted with 15 other 4-H leaders at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Laureates are recognized for their significant

Do you love seedless watermelons in the hot summer? UF scientists are on the case

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Consumers increasingly savor the convenience and taste of seedless watermelons, said Xin Zhao, a UF/IFAS associate professor of horticultural sciences and lead author of a new study examining