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Plant Science Research and Education Unit

Plant Science Research and Education Unit

About Us

The Plant Science Research and Education Unit (PSREU) serves University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty with the infrastructure needed to conduct diverse row and specialty crop research projects, facilitate hands-on classes, and host thousands of visitors in outreach events.


  • 1,086 total acres
  • approximately 700 acres of cultivatable land
  • just a 30-minute drive from the UF campus in Gainesville
  • 26 staff members employed on site

History of PSREU

2000: The Green Acres Agronomy Farm was relocated from Jonesville to the PSREU. Experiments with agronomic row crops began, along with infrastructure development.

2002: Vegetable and small fruit crop research was moved from the Horticultural Unit in Gainesville to the PSREU.

2005: Turfgrass and ornamental research moved from Gainesville to the G.C. Horn Memorial Turfgrass Field Lab at the PSREU.

2010: The PSREU Administration building was completed.

2012: The PSREU conference center was completed.

2014: Expanded greenhouse complex to 19 bays for all plant research disciplines. 

2015: Built three tunnel structures for organic vegetable research.

2016: Installed a variable rate linear irrigation system. 

2018 - 2022: Renovated turf research with newer irrigation and turf varieties.

2018 - 2023: Built and renovated additional structures including shade and rain exclusion shelters, citrus breeding greenhouses, and blueberry tunnel houses. 

2024: Installed a container farm for vertical vegetable research. 

Contact Us

Plant Science Research and Education Unit
2556 West Highway 318
Citra, Florida 32113

Phone: (352) 591-2678
Fax: (352) 591-1578

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.