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Plant Science Research and Education Unit

Plant Science Research and Education Unit


  • Crop Reimbursements
  • Crop Reimbursements

Research Programs at PSREU

Approximately 140 UF/IFAS researchers conduct more than 400 projects at the PSREU that include trees and woody ornamentals, turf production and maintenance, plant breeding, minimum and reduced tillage, crop wter management, plant pathology, plant fertility, corn genomics, vegetable production, organic agricutlure, citrus, wetland ecology, entomology, nematology, weed science, climate change, and more.

"PSREU has been essential to obtain stakeholder-relevant results through the support of our plant breeding and applied research."
-Patricio Muñoz, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences

Examples of Current Projects

Turfgrass Breeding

Photo of turfgrass breeding plots

For reduced irrigation, enhanced functionality, and maintaining aesthetic value.

Kevin Kenworthy, Agronomy Department

Remote Sensing

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For improved field-management strategies.

Jasmeet Judge, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Biological Control

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For an alternative to conventional pesticides.

Oscar Liburd, Entomology and Nematology Department

Watermelon Grafting

Photo of a pile of watermelons

For integrated disease-management tools.

Xin Zhao, Department of Horticultural Sciences

Soil Science

Photo of plants growing in soil

For increased efficiency of fertiizer application.

Vimala Nair, Soil and Water Sciences Department

Wheat Genetics

Photo of machine harvesting wheat

For genetic improvements to increase wheat yield and develop resilience.

Ali Babar, Agronomy Department

General Information

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.