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The Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida is a team of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to improving fruit and vegetable production for the benefit of farmers and consumers. Florida’s climatic diversity and the facilities at UF provide opportunities for research with temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical crops on a nearly year-round basis. We conduct cutting-edge research in plant breeding & genetics, plant and environmental physiology, fruit & vegetable production, postharvest physiology, biochemistry, and other disciplines. We offer high-quality education and training for undergraduate and graduate students to equip them with the skills needed to be successful in satisfying, high-paying careers. Our diverse faculty is located throughout the state, integrating our research/teaching/extension programs to provide practical experience for our students, technical support for our farmers, relevance for our horticulture industry, and a pipeline to bring leading research from our labs to you.


UF scientists finding grapes to grow in Florida; upcoming field day to feature research update, wine-making workshop

Florida farmers and other businesspeople are bubbling with enthusiasm to make wine. There are about 40 wineries around Florida. Further, as of 2017 (the most recent year for which there’s data), growers in the Sunshine State were producing over 1,500 acres of muscadine grapes. That’s a 74% increase in 10 years, and producers are harvesting soon – in July and August. To meet the increasing Read More


Study looks to oxygen as solution for flooded fields

A new study applied calcium peroxide and magnesium peroxide to flooded snap bean plants and tested the productivity of different solid oxygen fertilizer rates. The flooded plants that received either peroxide application grew taller and produced higher yields than the flooded control plants. Snap beans were tested for their quick growth, but researchers anticipate the treatment would work for other Florida field crops that face floodingRead More