• New Serious Pest of Lychee and Longan Trees in Florida

  • Laurel Wilt Disease Susceptibility Study

  • Breeding nutritious pumpkins in Florida

  • Orchid Short Course

Program Areas

Tropical Fruit Crops

The focus is on subtropical & tropical fruit crops grown in south Florida.

Natural Resources & Agroecology

Focus is on plants, insects, soils and hydrology of south Florida's ecosystems

Ornamental and Landscape Plants

Focus is on ornamental and landscape plants grown in the subtropics and tropics.

Vegetables Crops

The focus is on vegetable crops grown in a marine subtropical climate.

Breeding, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Focus on tropical plant's breeding, genetics, and molecular biology

Marine and Freshwater Resources

The focus is on coastal and inland waters in South Florida

Various TREC Websites

Avocado IPM

Dr. Daniel Carrillo's webpages on Avocado

Downy Mildew of Basil

Dr. Jaimin Patel's webpages on management of downy mildew of basil

Tropical Plant Ecophysiology Lab

The Plant Ecophysiology group studies abiotic and biotic factors.

Laurel Wilt

Laurel wilt (LW) is caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola


Dr. Jonathan Crane's website on growing tropical fruits in the home

Agricultural Economics Extension

Emphasizes applied trade policy analysis and related production.


New Serious Pest of Lychee and Longan Trees Found in Florida

Daniel Carrillo1, Alexandra M. Revynthi1, Jeff Wasielewski2, Christian Miller3 and Jonathan H. Crane4 The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM), Aceria litchii  (Figure 1), was found in a 3-acre commercial lychee orchard in Lee County on Pine Island, FL in February 2018. Infestations were recorded on young leaves, stems,

UF/IFAS researcher hopes to breed, grow nutritious pumpkins in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Pumpkins and their seeds are good for you. For example, the flesh of the fruit is a good source of many vitamins and fiber, and its seeds provide unsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol, among their other health benefits. The pumpkin’s nutrient values are driving Geoffrey Meru, a fruit and vegetable geneticist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, to try to breed and grow

Students at UF-TREC received scholarships sponsored by the Dade County Agri Council at annual luncheon.

Homestead, FL - For the last 55 years, the Annual Agricultural Farm Tour and Luncheon tours different agricultural operations to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of farming in South Florida’s subtropical climate.  Additionally, the Board of Directors of the Dade County Agri Council, Inc. votes every year on student research submission based on their focus and the accomplishments they have attained. Students at

Laurel Wilt Disease Susceptibility Study

Laurel Wilt disease is a threat to Florida's Avocados & Native Trees in the Laurel Family Laurel wilt, caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola, and carried by bark beetles, is a serious plant disease that has decimated members of the Lauraceae plant family in the southeastern United States since the early 2000s when it was first detected in the US. Originally, found infecting forest trees, it was observed in a commercial avocado

Lychee Looks Promising for Florida

Lychee has potential in Florida, according to Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Crane recently gave a presentation at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in early November, where he discussed lychee. He said lychee has been of interest for a while in Florida. The state has grown lychee for years,