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Agricultural Sciences and should be
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SUNIVERSITY OF Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
SFLO RIDA 5007 60th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34203
# FL l Bradenton GCREC Research Report BRA-1993-12
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
THE GULF COAST RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
W. E. Waters and J. P. Jonesi
The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is an agricultural research and
extension education unit of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). This center, with an affiliated agricultural
research and education center (AREC) located in Dover, utilizes scientists from
various academic disciplines who participate in interdisciplinary team approaches
on research and extension projects in agriculture.
Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Gulf Coast Research and Education
Center in Bradenton (including the Agricultural Research and Education Center at
Dover) is to develop and disseminate new scientific knowledge and technology on
commercial vegetable, strawberry and ornamental crops which will allow Florida
agriculture to remain efficient and economically competitive with other
geographic regions of the world. A secondary mission is 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 producers, students and
Program Areas Emphasized
1. Genetics, plant breeding and variety development, with special emphasis on
tomato, strawberry, caladium, calabaza, gladiolus and other flower crops.
2. Biological, chemical and cultural pest management in entomology, virology,
plant bacteriology, pathology, weed science and nematology.
3. Water management and natural resource protection.
4. Production, culture, management and pre- and postharvest physiology of
5. Leadership in floriculture, vegetable, and water management state-
extension programs in southwest Florida.
6. Graduate student training and special undergraduate classes.
7. Advancement of fundamental knowledge of disciplines represented by
1. Development of new varieties of tomato, strawberry, gladiolus, caldium,
and other flowers and vegetables.
'Center Director and Professor of Plant Pathology, respectively.
2. Development, management, and refinement of the full-bed mulch system and
multi-cropping for vegetables, strawberries and field-grown ornamentals.
3. Identification and control techniques for insects, fungi, bacteria,
viruses, nematodes, and weeds affecting Florida crop production.
4. Identification and amelioration of air and water pollutants affecting
5. Development of water management techniques for commercial vegetable,
strawberry, and ornamental production.
6. Development of production, nutrition, physiology, and other cultural
procedures for sustaining commercial vegetable, strawberry, and ornamental
Future Program Priorities
1. Genetics, breeding and variety development and evaluation;
2. Pest management (insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi, weeds, nematodes);
3. Water management irrigation systems, water quantity and quality;
4. Crop production, culture, nutrition and physiology;
5. Extension leadership in floriculture, vegetable crops, and water
6. Student training with emphasis on graduate programs.
Major commodities under investigation include (1) tomatoes, (2) strawberries, (3)
cucurbits, (4) peppers, (5) crucifers, (6) specialty vegetables, (7) caladiums,
(8) bedding plants, (9) chrysanthemums, (10) gladiola, (11) other greenhouse
_A IFAS IS:
N 0 The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,
SUniversity of Florida.
D A statewide organization dedicated to teaching,
S1 research and extension.
41 1-75 Faculty located in Gainesville and at 13 research
and education centers, 67 county extension
Hospit offices and four demonstration units throughout
A M 64 -the state.
Manatee Ave. A partnership in food and agriculture, and natural
enton Moran-Johnson Rd. and renewable resource research and education,
Funded by state, federal and local government,
41 1and by gifts and grants from individuals, founda-
C RdV tions, government and industry.
Oneco G C An organization whose mission is:
S- Educating students in the food, agricultural,
301 and related sciences and natural resources.
41 Strengthening Florida's diverse food and
agricultural industry and its environment
Enhancing for all Floridians, the application
of research and knowledge to improve the
Location of quality of life statewide through IFAS exten-
GCREC Bradenton sion programs.