UF IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

UF IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center (MREC) provides innovative solutions for Floridians on topics related to lifestyle horticulture through research, teaching and Extension.
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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) intends to educate, inform and provide updated information on MREC activities, programs and research and to support and promote the MREC objectives for these activities through its social media site. All MREC comments are made by MREC designees. This site is not a public forum. Social media users may share ideas through commentary that is consistent with and furthers the objectives of a MREC post and the University of Florida reserves the right to remove any comments that do not fall within this purpose. By posting a comment on this social media site, users agree to follow the terms of use of the site, Florida and federal laws and University of Florida regulations and policies, including but not limited to the University’s Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy. The MREC reserves the right to remove from the site any comments that violate these requirements.

05/27/2020
UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources

Make sure you're turning in for this week's #WaterWednesday.

Water Wednesday is a Facebook Live series about Florida's Lifeblood - Water. Every Wednesday at 2 pm ET, a University of Florida scientist will give a research-based topic about water resources at https://www.facebook.com/WaterCentralFlorida/

No registration is needed. Just like and follow the page: UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources, and tune in every Wednesday at 2 pm ET. All the events will be recorded. Videos with closed captions will be uploaded at YouTube channel: Streaming Water: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD1BxYa33g85HaQCLMz99CQ/.

#WaterWednesday #WaterConservation #WaterProtection #FloridaWater #ScienceOnline #WhatToFlush #ToiletPaper

Interested in earning CEU credit online this summer? Join us for Diseases of Ornamentals and Fungicide Resistance Traini...
05/26/2020
Online CEUs: Diseases of Ornamentals and Fungicide Resistance Training

Interested in earning CEU credit online this summer? Join us for Diseases of Ornamentals and Fungicide Resistance Training from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/mrec/2020/05/26/online-ceus-diseases-of-ornamentals-and-fungicide-resistance-training/

Looking for ways to earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit this summer? Join UF/IFAS for our Diseases of Ornamentals and Fungicide Resistance Training on June 5, 2020. The training will take place from 10:00 a.m.... Read More

MREC faculty member Catherine Campbell was recently awarded a SEED IT grant from UF IFAS Solutions to use social science...
05/21/2020
MREC Faculty Member Catherine Campbell Awarded SEEDIT Grant

MREC faculty member Catherine Campbell was recently awarded a SEED IT grant from UF IFAS Solutions to use social science methods to explore urban agricultural enterprises in Florida. Read more about it on our blog:

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/mrec/2020/05/21/mrec-faculty-member-catherine-campbell-awarded-seedit-grant/

The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) is honored to announce MREC and Family, Youth and Community Sciences faculty member Catherine Campbell was awarded a Support for Emerging Enterprise Development Integration Teams (SEEDIT) grant for... Read More

Happy Weed Science Wednesday! This weekly series hopes to help Florida homeowners and horticulturalists sharpen their we...
05/20/2020
Weed of the Week: Chickweed

Happy Weed Science Wednesday! This weekly series hopes to help Florida homeowners and horticulturalists sharpen their weed identification and management skills.This week we're highlighting Chickweed on the blog.

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/mrec/2020/05/20/weed-of-the-week-chickweed/

  Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. This week’s weed of the week is Chickweed (Stellaria media).... Read More

05/20/2020
UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources

Interested in learning more about Florida Friendly Landscapes? Join UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources for their live Water Wednesday!

Water Wednesday is a Facebook Live series about Florida's Lifeblood - Water. Every Wednesday at 2 pm ET, a University of Florida scientist will give a research-based topic about water resources at https://www.facebook.com/WaterCentralFlorida/

No registration is needed. Just like and follow the page: UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources, and tune in every Wednesday at 2 pm ET. All the events will be recorded. Videos with closed captions will be uploaded at YouTube channel: Streaming Water: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD1BxYa33g85HaQCLMz99CQ/.

05/14/2020

Did you see the F-15s fly over Orlando yesterday? Check out the view from MREC!

How is your garden growing? Here's a few photos of our favorite flowers currently blooming around MREC. We'd like to ext...
05/08/2020

How is your garden growing? Here's a few photos of our favorite flowers currently blooming around MREC. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to your farm and maintenance team for keeping MREC running amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos courtesy of Chris Halliday.

Spring 2020 Blooms
05/08/2020

Spring 2020 Blooms

05/06/2020
UF IFAS Extension Central District - Water Resources

Does Florida have enough water? Make sure to join into this discussion with our UF/IFAS experts.

Water Wednesday: Does Florida Have Enough Water?

Every Wednesday 2 pm ET, a scientist from University of Florida will Facebook Live a topic about how to conserve and protect Florida's water.

This PowerPoint presentation is adpated from Florida Water Stewardship program led by Lara Millgan, the Natural Resources Agent at UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County.

#FloridaWater #WaterWednesday #WaterConservation #WaterProtection #FloridaWater #ScienceOnline #WaterScience #UFIFASExtension

Did you see our research highlighted by ASHS? Check out more information on the butterfly pea in HortTech.
05/01/2020

Did you see our research highlighted by ASHS? Check out more information on the butterfly pea in HortTech.

"Substrate Type and Temperature on Germination Parameters of Butterfly Pea"

Authors: Sean M. Campbell, Brian J. Pearson and S. Christopher Marble

Read the full article in HortTechnology http://ow.ly/P4Q150ztf57

Butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) is a unique perennial and leguminous plant that produces brightly colored flowers that can be used as a pH-dependent natural food colorant in culinary and cosmetic preparations. Butterfly pea is commonly propagated from seed. Because of the increased interest in its commercial applications, effective production techniques are necessary to ensure consistent and successful commercial production. The objective of this research was to determine the influence of the substrate type and temperature on butterfly pea germination.

Two substrate types (rockwool and commercial soilless substrate mix) and three temperatures (70, 80, and 90 °F) were evaluated to determine their effects on germination of butterfly pea seed.

More information at ashs.org

Have you heard about the Sustainable Home Foods Production Task Force? MREC team members Liz Reimiller Felter and Cather...
04/30/2020
Similar to wartime Victory Gardens Americans are growing pandemic gardens, here’s a few tips to get started

Have you heard about the Sustainable Home Foods Production Task Force? MREC team members Liz Reimiller Felter and Catherine Campbell will be serving on the task force, providing leadership in Central Florida.

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/04/29/similar-to-wartime-victory-gardens-americans-are-growing-pandemic-gardens-heres-a-few-tips-to-get-started/

During World War I and II Americans were encouraged to plant vegetables and fruits where they could to provide for themselves and troops serving on the front lines, while there is no indication the U.S. is short on food supply due to the coronavirus pandemic many Americans are taking to their yards-...

Happy 50th Anniversary, Earth Day.
04/22/2020
50th anniversary of Earth Day stresses climate change, health

Happy 50th Anniversary, Earth Day.

Cooped up inside during the novel coronavirus quarantine? Go for a walk. As you amble outside your home, bear in mind the effort required to preserve the beauty around you, says a UF/IFAS Extension regional... Read More

Staying home has many of us spending more time in our gardens and dealing with dreaded weeds. Check out this blog by MRE...
04/15/2020
Nonchemical weed control

Staying home has many of us spending more time in our gardens and dealing with dreaded weeds. Check out this blog by MREC graduate student Yuvraj Khamare on non-chemical weed control options for your garden.

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/mrec/2020/04/15/nonchemical-weed-control/

Weeds are wild plants growing in an undesirable location. They compete with the landscape, crops or natural habitat for resources. There are numerous strategies to fight weeds, including both chemical herbicides and non-chemical measures. Without... Read More

04/13/2020
Garden Florida! UF IFAS Orange County Extension

Are you looking to start your own backyard garden? Make sure to check out these videos from Garden Florida! UF IFAS Orange County Extension and get growing!

Garden survival: grow vegetables from cuttings! You don’t have to wait for seeds, propagate these perennial vegetables and multiply your food growing plants today.

Interested in connecting with local farmers for produce? Check out this directory by UF/IFAS to find a farmer near you! ...
04/08/2020
Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

Interested in connecting with local farmers for produce? Check out this directory by UF/IFAS to find a farmer near you!

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/nfrecsv/2020/04/07/helping-buyers-and-sellers-connect-during-covid-19-disruptions-to-florida-food-markets/

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but... Read More

Having trouble finding produce? Long and Scott Farms' is still open Thursday - Saturday offering fresh produce, prepared...
04/07/2020

Having trouble finding produce? Long and Scott Farms' is still open Thursday - Saturday offering fresh produce, prepared food and curbside delivery.

Scott’s Country Market will open this Thursday! We will have limited hours and availability, as we are only offering what we grow and harvest from right here on our farm, a small variety of other fresh produce, along with items in the country store. We will also be offering some of our café favorites, such as corn chowder, chicken salad, coleslaw, and more, packaged to go in our refrigerator section. Please note that we are following all precautions, using gloves and sanitizing counters and other surfaces regularly, as the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We ask that you please not visit if you aren’t feeling well. Please only touch what you intend to buy and adhere to social distancing guidelines while visiting. We will also offer curb side pick up if you would like to call in your order ahead of time.

Coming in fresh from the fields this week: Kirby cucumbers, cabbage, brussel sprouts, red and sweet onions, kale, collards, mustards, and turnip greens. Now is the perfect time for pickling and canning! Also all of our greens are great at boosting your immune system with lots of antioxidant benefits!

Temporary hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9AM-2PM

As most of the faculty, staff and students at MREC are working from home during these unprecedented times, we thought we...
03/31/2020
The New Employees of the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

As most of the faculty, staff and students at MREC are working from home during these unprecedented times, we thought we would share with you our newest employees - our pets.

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/mrec/2020/03/31/introducing-mrecs-newest-pet-employees/

As most of the faculty, staff and students at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center are working from home during these unprecedented times, we decided to introduce you to the newest team members at MREC... Read More

Beginning immediately, the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) will be closed to visitors, following guidel...
03/23/2020
COVID19 Updates - University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Beginning immediately, the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) will be closed to visitors, following guidelines established by the University of Florida and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to control the spread of Covid-19. Only University-business related activities are allowed at premises until further notice, suspending the Plant Clinic and Pest Management University.

For more updates on Covid-19, visit the UF/IFAS Covid-19 page: https://ifas.ufl.edu/covid19-updates/

The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

03/17/2020

To reduce their risk of spreading COVID-19, Plant Clinics at Orange County Extension Education Center, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center and Harry P. Leu Gardens are closed for walk-in consultations until the week of May 4th. Soil pH testing at these offices is also cancelled until the week of May 4th.

Homeowners may send soil samples to the University of Florida Soils Laboratory or pH testing and soil nutrient testing. Cost of this test is $10.00 and they will be contacted by e-mail in about two weeks. Get a copy of the form at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/SS/SS18700.pdf, and follow the instructions on page 2.

Yesterday MREC faculty member Dr. Liz Felter presented her research with new food producers at the Envisioning the Futur...
03/05/2020

Yesterday MREC faculty member Dr. Liz Felter presented her research with new food producers at the Envisioning the Future of Extension forum hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC.

'Plants only use some wavelengths of light for photosynthesis, and the idea is to create greenhouses that make energy fr...
02/10/2020
Clear solar panels could power future greenhouses - Futurity

'Plants only use some wavelengths of light for photosynthesis, and the idea is to create greenhouses that make energy from that unused light while allowing most of the photosynthetic band of light to pass through' #science #tech #plants #greenhouse

http://ow.ly/joUr50ygQoT

The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.

New on the blog: TPIE 2020 Wrap Up. Read more about TPIE 2020 and how 'plants, people and prosperity' are trends the gre...
02/06/2020

New on the blog: TPIE 2020 Wrap Up. Read more about TPIE 2020 and how 'plants, people and prosperity' are trends the green industry will see this year.

Full article: http://ow.ly/gUE350yeGPP

FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association)
UF IFAS Solutions

Photo credit: FNGLA

Congratulations to MREC faculty member Brian Pearson on being selected as a Roche Scholar!
01/31/2020

Congratulations to MREC faculty member Brian Pearson on being selected as a Roche Scholar!

We’re excited to welcome Class 3 of our Roche Scholars for UF IFAS Solutions faculty! These teachers are eager to incorporate new teaching techniques and innovations in the classroom.

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Hi! Question. I'll be moving to Apopka soon and am planning plants for outside our house. Can the desert rose survive outside?
Here's a photo of my sweet potato vine that certainly looks like it's being eaten by air potato Leaf beetles! Did you scientist just believe that the beatles would lay down and die after they ate all the air potato? And the sad part is they have just begun eating air potato!