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UF/IFAS-TREC 90th Anniversary Celebration Open House Event

December 4, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

This Open House celebrates 90 years since The University of Florida/IFAS established TREC in South Florida

This event provides the opportunity to engage close up with our world class research scientists, students, and staff. Come learn about some of the wonderful and cutting edge research we are conducting at TREC, the impacts it is having on our community, and the potential implications our research holds for ensuring the sustainability of our agricultural and natural resources.


10:30 AM to 11:00 AM: Check in (Welcome package + lunch ticket)

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Celebratory Remarks

  • Welcome Remarks by Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans, TREC Center Director
  • Celebratory Remarks by Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • The Future of Agriculture by Dr. Nick Place, Dean for Extension and Director Florida Cooperative Extension Services
  • Recognition of Dr. Jack Payne by Dr. Jonathan Crane, TREC Associate Center Director
  • Acknowledgment of the Krome Family by Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans
  • Miami-Dade County Proclamation by County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava
  • Florida State Legislature Proclamation by Florida State Senator Anitere Flores

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch Sponsored by Outback

1:00PM to 4:00PM Open House program

Self-arrange your visit: Our open house is designed to allow you to visit laboratories and faculty of your interest, ask questions and learn more about the research conducted and how it benefits our community. Additionally, we are offering different scheduled tours, several times in the afternoon.

Visit Laboratories

Learn about the research conducted by our faculty in each laboratory. Select the areas of research you want to learn more about. Find it on the map and create your own tour.

  • Elias Bassil, Molecular Plant physiologist
  • Haimanote Bayabil, Water Resources
  • Daniel Carrillo, Entomologist – Tropical Fruits
  • Young Gu Her, Hydrologist
  • Yuncong Li, Soil and Water Science
  • Catherine Mannion, Entomologist – Ornamental
  • Geoffrey Meru, Genetics – Plant Breeding -Vegetable
  • Dak Seal, Entomologist – Vegetable Crop
  • Ashley Smyth, Biogeochemist/Ecosystem Ecologist
  • Wagner Vendrame, Ornamental Horticulture -Bioreactors
  • Shouan Zhang, Plant Pathologist – Vegetable Crop

Scheduled Tours:

  • Field Tour with Dr. Crane and Dr Brym 1:00pm 2:00pm and 3:00pm

Visit field research plots and groves, fruit collections, hemp and cover-crop projects, ornamental/whitefly-ficus work, and vegetable-crop field work. 40 mins tour

  • Plant Physiology Tour with Dr. Bassil 2:00pm and 3:00pm

See how plants grow and respond to changes in their environment in real time using a high-tech, state of the art equipment. 30 mins tour

  • Plant Clinic Tour with Dr. Gazis 1:30pm 2:00pm and 2:30pm

Get a demonstration of sample submission, diagnosis process, common plant diseases found in our area and tests available at the Plant Clinic. 20 mins tour

  • Vanilla Tour with Drs. Schaffer and Chambers 1:00pm 2:00pm and 3:00pm

Learn about the physiology, development and plant breeding research conducted to support vanilla cultivation in southern Florida. 40 mins tour

If you will like us to register for you please send an email to Rosa Vellone rmraskin4@ufl.edu or call us to (305) 246-7000

Tropical Research and Education Center

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UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC)
18905 Southwest 280th Street
Homestead, FL 33031 United States


The University of Florida/IFAS-TREC