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Indian River Research and Education Center

Indian River Research and Education Center

Dr. Peter J. Stoffella

Professor Emeritus 

Dr. Peter J. Stoffella is a research professor emeritus or horticulture. He is an active member of many committees and organizations. Among his horticultural research interests, he established a research program on developing optimum compost utilization practices in commercial horticultural cropping systems.

Specifically, Dr. Stoffella has interests in composts of biological weed controls; composts as peat substitutes for media used in transplant production system; and composts as partial inorganic nutrient substitutes in field grown vegetable crop production systems. Recently, he developed a cooperative research program on utilization of compost in a vegetable cropping system as a mechanism of reducing nutrient leaching into ground water.

Dr. Stoffella retired in June 2016.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Vegetable Crops, Cornell University, 1980
    • M.S., Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1977
    • B.S., Horticulture, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, 1976
  • Publications
  • Awards and Service

    Membership in Professional Societies

    • American Society of Agronomy
    • American Society for Horticultural Science
    • Florida State Horticultural Society
    • Inter-American Society of Tropical Horticulture
    • International Society for Horticultural Science
    • Soil Science Society of America

    Membership of Statewide and Community Boards

    • St. Lucie River Issue Team
    • Treasure Coast Research and Education Park Authority
    • Treasure Coast Agricultural Research Foundation (Executive Director)
    • Member of the Treasure Coast Education and Research Development Authority
    • Member of the American Horticulture Society