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Horticultural Sciences

Horticultural Sciences

Organic and Sustainable Horticulture

Organic farming prioritizes the integration of environmental, economic, and sociological practices consistent with the regulations outlined in the USDA's National Organic Program. Our research faculty works with producers, consumers, and a wide diversity of academic and industry experts globally to develop innovative cropping systems that preserve ecological sustainability, biological diversity, and financial stability for farmers. We aim to develop high-quality fruit and vegetable production systems that conserve our state's natural resources while meeting consumer demands in Florida and beyond.

Find out more information on specific research programs in organic and sustainable agriculture below:

  • Pete Andersen - Whole plant physiology in peanut crops; organic production of rabbiteye blueberries
  • Carlene A. Chase - Reducing the environmental impact of weed management; methyl bromide alternatives; cover crops and living mulches
  • Danielle Treadwell - Vegetable, fruit, and cover crop management; conservation tillage; organic farming; small farms; farm to school; food systems
  • Xin Zhao - Organic and sustainable vegetable production; vegetable grafting.