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Jack Rechcigl
Center Director
Professor
Soil and Water Sciences
813-419-6571
rechcigl@ufl.edu | Rm. 103

Gary Vallad
Associate Center Director/Assoc Professor
Plant Pathology
Vegetables and Ornamentals
813-419-6577
gvallad@ufl.edu | Rm. 109

Balm

Shinsuke Agehara
Assistant Professor
Horticultural Sciences
Small Fruits and Vegetables
813-419-6583
sagehara@ufl.edu | Rm. 126


Nathan Boyd
Associate Professor
Horticultural Sciences/Weed Science
Small Fruits, Vegetables and Ornamentals
813-419-6613
nsboyd@ufl.edu | Rm. 174


Zhanao Deng 
Professor
Environmental Horticulture
Floriculture Breeding
813-419-6605
zdeng@ufl.edu | Rm. 166


Johan Desaeger
Assistant Professor
Entomology and Nematology
Nematology
813-419-6592
jad@ufl.edu | Rm. 133

Zhengfei Guan
Assistant Professor
Food and Resource Economics
Agricultural Economics
813-419-6590
guanz@ufl.edu | Rm. 172


Samuel Hutton
Assistant Professor
Horticultural Sciences
Tomato Breeding
813-419-6610
sfhutton@ufl.edu | Rm. 171

Andrew Koeser
Assistant Professor
Environmental Horticulture
Landscaping and Ornamentals
813-419-6589
akoeser@ufl.edu | Rm. 132



Seonghee Lee
Assistant Professor
Strawberry Genetics
813-419-6611
seonghee105@ufl.edu | Rm. 172

 

Tong Geon Lee
Assistant Professor
Horticultural Sciences
Tomato Breeding
813-419-6607
tonggeonlee@ufl.edu | Rm. 168

 

Natalia Peres
Professor
Plant Pathology
Strawberries and Ornamentals
813-419-6602
nperes@ufl.edu | Rm. 161

Justin Renkema
Assistant Professor
Entomology
Small Fruits
813-419-6585
justin.renkema@ufl.edu | Rm. 128

Hugh Smith
Assistant Professor
Entomology
Vegetables and Ornamentals
813-419-6588
hughasmith@ufl.edu | Rm. 131


Vance Whitaker
Associate Professor
Horticultural Sciences
Strawberry Breeding
813-419-6608
vwhitaker@ufl.edu | Rm. 169

 

 

Plant City

Amr Abd-Elrahman
Associate Professor
Geomatics
813-757-2283
aamr@ufl.edu


Debra Barry
Lecturer
Agricultural Education
813-757-2288
dmbarry@ufl.edu

 

Kati Lawson
Lecturer
Communication/Leadership
813-757-2284
katilawson@ufl.edu
 


Mary LuskWater Resources Regional Specialized Agent
University of Florida/IFAS Extension
South Central District
mary.lusk@ufl.edu

 
Emeritus Faculty
Craig  Stanley

Craig Stanley
Professor of Soil and Water Sciences
cdstan@ufl.edu

Sydney Park Brown

Sydney Park Brown
University of Florida/IFAS
Adjunct Faculty – Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Associate Professor – Emeritus
spbrown@ufl.edu – 813-927-8298

 

Jay Scott

Jay Scott
Professor, Emeritus
Horticultural Sciences
Tomato Breeding
jwsc@ufl.edu | Rm. 168

Dr. James E. Dyer

James Dyer
Professor, Emeritus
Ag Education
jedyer@ufl.edu

Dr. Johan Desaeger

Assistant Professor — Nematology

Nematology Research Goals

The main focus of the GCREC nematology lab (est. 2016) is to study nematode biology in Florida soils and to develop new, safer and more sustainable tools to manage nematode problems in Florida agriculture. Our research includes studying the distribution of the major plant-parasitic nematodes in Florida’s vegetable and strawberry fields, identifying and evaluating new chemicals and biologicals, optimizing existing fumigant practices, and exploring resistance and cultural control options.

Instrumental to achieving this goal is expanding the nematology infrastructure and capacity at the GCREC, and collaborating with local growers and national and international research groups.

Team:

Johan Desaeger – Team Leader

Paul Dahlin – Post-Doc

Andrea Ruthes – Research Associate

Homan Regmi – PhD student

Jake Helmer - Technician

Bonnie Xie - Technician

David Moreira - Intern

Research

Extension