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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
5007 60th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34203
Bradenton GCREC Research Report BRA-1996-1
THE GULF COAST RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
W. E. Waters and J. P. Jones'
The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, a unit of
the University of Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), has two locations,
Bradenton and Dover, where scientists from various
academic disciplines participate in interdisciplinary team
approaches on agricultural research, extension, and
The primary mission of the Gulf Coast Research and
Education Center at Bradenton and Dover is:
1 To develop and disseminate new scientific
knowledge and technology on commercial
ornamental, strawberry, and vegetable crops
which will allow Florida agriculture to remain
efficient and economically competitive with
regions of the world.
0 To assist the Cooperative Extension Service,
IFAS campus departments, and other research
centers with extension, undergraduate and
graduate student training, and cooperative
research for the benefit of Florida's consumers,
producers, and students.
Program Areas Emphasized
1. Plant breeding including genetics, variety
development, and evaluation with special
emphasis on tomato, strawberry, caladium,
gladiolus, lisianthus, and other flower crops.
2. Integrated biological, chemical, and cultural pest
management in bacteriology, entomology,
nematology, mycology, virology, and weed
3. Agricultural soil and water management and
natural resource protection.
4. Production, culture, management,
postharvest physiology of
strawberry, and vegetable crops.
and pre- and
State extension leadership in floriculture,
,JL table, and water management for southwest
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University of Florida
7. Advancement of fundamental knowledge of
disciplines represented by faculty.
1. Development of new varieties of strawberry,
tomato, caladium, gladiolus, lisianthus, and other
flowers and vegetables.
2. Development, management, and refinement of
the full-bed mulch system and multi-cropping
for vegetables, strawberries, and field-grown
3. Identification of and control techniques for
bacteria, fungi, insects, mites, nematodes,
viruses, and weeds affecting Florida horticultural
4. Identification and amelioration of air and water
pollutants affecting horticultural crops.
5. Development of improved water management
practices for vegetable, strawberry, and
commercial ornamental production.
6. Development of nutritional, physiological, pest
management, and other cultural procedures for
sustaining commercial vegetable, ornamental,
and strawberry crop production.
'Center Director and Professor of Plant Pathology, respectively
Major commodities under investigation include:
Future Program Priorities
1. Plant breeding, genetics,
development and evaluation.
2. Pest management (bacteria, fungi, insects, mites,
nematodes, viruses, weeds).
3. Water management, irrigation systems, and
water quantity and quality enhancement.
4. Crop production, culture, nutrition, and
Misc. cut flowers
and natural resource
6. Extension leadership in floriculture, vegetable
crops, water management, and strawberry
7. Student training with emphasis on graduate
The vision for UF/IFAS is to increase and strengthen the
knowledge base and technology for:
EXPANDING the profitability of global
competitiveness and sustainability of the food,
fiber and agricultural industries of Florida.
PROTECTING and SUSTAINING natural
resource and environment systems.
ENHANCING the development of human
IMPROVING the quality of human life.
The mission of the University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop
knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources
and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and
enhance the quality of human life.