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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 start to discover how to keep fruits and vegetables fresher before they arrive at the grocery store

When you’re perusing the produce section, you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables. If not eaten within a few days after harvest, many age quickly and get thrown out, leading to food waste, say University of Florida experts. Fruits and vegetables age differently after they’ve been harvested, so Tie Liu wants to know how crops age in that time after they leave the farm and before they arrive at the market. Read More


2023-2024 Citrus Production Guide Available at Florida Citrus Expo

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. —  An updated perennial resource for Florida commercial citrus growers is available to support their efforts to produce a successful citrus harvest. The 2023-2024 UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Production Guide will be available to growers at the August Florida Citrus Expo in Tampa and through their local UF/IFAS Extension citrus agents afterwards. The 2023-2024 publication includes the latest Read More