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Tropical Research And Education Center

Tropical Research And Education Center

Dr. Xiaoying Li

Assistant Professor — Horticulture Vegetable Crops

Dr. Xiaoying ‘Shawn’ Li is an Assistant Professor in department of Horticultural Sciences, located at the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS TREC) in Homestead. She holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Her research and extension programs are geared primarily towards the introduction and promotion of alternative vegetable crops and cropping systems in particularly ethnic and organic vegetable production, improvement of sustainability and profitability of existing vegetable crops through the development of and transfer of innovative production technologies and systems tailored to South Florida's unique conditions. Her collaborative approach involves actively working with interdisciplinary teams of scientists at TREC, with a particular focus on the development of preventive integrated pest management strategies. Through tackling the core issues faced by producers and industries engaged in the cultivation of new crops, her goal is enhancing the competitiveness and profitability of local growers while fostering diversification and sustainability in agricultural production.

  • Graduate Student Opportunities

    Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in this lab, should contact Dr. Xiaoying Li directly at with their CV to express their interest. Ideal candidates will have a background in Agronomy or related areas, with strong skills in field work, laboratory, and team communication.



    18905 SW 280 Street
    Homestead, Florida 33031-3314
    (786) 217-9260

    • Education
      • Ph.D. Crop Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2023
      • M.S. Plant Pathology, South China Agricultural University, 2016
      • B.S. Plant Protection, Shanxi Agricultural University, 2013
    • Publications