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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Hugh Smith

Associate Professor of Entomology and Nematology

Dr. Hugh Smith carries out research on managing insect and mite pests of horticultural crops that affect Florida agriculture. Chemical, biological, and cultural approaches to pest suppression are evaluated in collaboration with growers, industry members, University of Florida researchers, and elsewhere.

Extension programs emphasize training to identify pest and beneficial arthropods and to manage insecticide resistance.

  • Research

    Dr. Smith's research focuses on the evaluating new and established insecticides for managing key pests of horticultural crops, including whiteflies, broad mites, and pepper weevil. In addition, research efforts evaluate integrated management of horticultural pests in high tunnels and other protected structures.

  • Extension

    The vegetable entomology Extension program at GCREC provides training in identifying pest and beneficial arthropods, methods for scouting and managing arthropod pests, and information on managing the development of insecticide resistance among pests of horticultural crops.

  • Lab Team
    Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6587
    Staff MemberContact Information
    Laurel Chambers, Lab Tech I laurelkchambers@ufl.edu
    Kelly Crawford, OPS  
    Amanda Furuya, OPS amandafuruya@ufl.edu
    Megan Hennessey, OPS meganhen@ufl.edu
    Elaine Mason, OPS elainemason@ufl.edu
    Esnai Munthali, OPS emunthali@ufl.edu
    Bruno Rossitto, PostDoc bruno.rossittode@ufl.edu
    Courtney Sherman, OPS  
    Gabriella Steele, Grad Student gsteele@ufl.edu

Contact

Rm. 131
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598
813-419-6588
hughasmith@ufl.edu