TREC Highlights

TREC Job Vacancies

TREC Seminars

Program Areas

Tropical Fruit Crops

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

Natural Resources

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.

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.


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,

One Night in the Tropics Event

The University of Florida-Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC)'s 4th One Night in the Tropics event is under way. This year’s celebration is a special one as our community has suffered major losses due to Hurricane Irma.  After several meetings with agricultural industry leaders, it was determined that we will move forward with the event. Most of all, this community will recover and celebrate together our vibrant

TREC Helps Growers, Trains Future Plant Breeders

Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) are looking for ways to improve production of crops such as squash and watermelon. Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at TREC, is one of the researchers examining key challenges limiting growers’ success and addressing them through breeding and genetic research. He

Using Teamwork to Advance Florida Agriculture

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences already ranks in the top three land grant universities in numbers of plant breeders, cultivars developed and cultivars licensed for commercial propagation. We’re getting even stronger. We’ve just brought to the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead the first fruit and vegetable breeders we’ve employed there in at least a generation. Just in

UF’s Crane Honored by Horticultural Society

Newswise — GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As a scientist and tropical fruit Extension specialist, Jonathan Crane has spent most of his adult life trying to help South Florida farmers grow crops in the Sunshine State’s hot, humid weather. In recognition of Crane’s work, the Florida State Horticultural Society has honored the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural and Life Sciences horticultural sciences professor with its Presidential