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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.

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UF research: Mesh covers protect citrus trees from psyllids that transmit greening disease

IMMOKALEE, Fla. --- About four years ago, Fernando Alferez started to test if citrus trees grown inside a protective mesh cover could be kept safe from the potential deadly Asian citrus psyllid. The psyllid, a bug the size of a pin, injects citrus tree leaves with a bacterium that can cause Huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening disease. New research from Alferez shows Read More

AGRICULTURE

Fighting food waste: Researchers identify broccoli genes that affect freshness

Right now, there is no objective way to predict the shelf life of a given piece of produce. Researchers have identified genes in broccoli that regulate how broccoli degrades after it’s harvested. These insights could ultimately help develop a quick and easy freshness test for produce and help breed broccoli that stays fresher longer. Improving the freshness of produce is one piece of solving the global problem of foodRead More