Welcome to the Palmateer laboratory at the University of Florida IFAS, Tropical Research and Education Center.

Ornamental plant production in Florida is an economically important industry. Miami-Dade County leads the state in production of nursery and landscape plants with total sales reaching $2 billion and an employment impact of approx. 41,000 jobs.

The ornamental industry’s demand for high plant quality combined with a location and climate favorable for plant pathogens makes plant pathology a top priority.

The Palmateer lab focuses on diagnosing diseases and disorders affecting ornamental plants. Areas of interest include developing new diagnostic techniques, characterizing plant pathogens, and implementing effective management strategies for ornamental plant producers.

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Contact Information

Tropical Research & Education Center
18905 SW 280 Street
Homestead, FL 33031 Phone:
(305) 246-7001 x273
(305) 246-7003