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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Shinsuke Agehara

Assistant Professor of Horticulture

Research and extension program of Agehara's group focuses on the development of vegetable and fruit production practices to improve productivity, product quality, and resource conservation. This program covers Florida’s major crops including tomato, strawberry, blueberry, bell pepper, and cucurbits, as well as new specialty crops such as blackberry and pomegranate. The research emphasizes understanding plant morphological and physiological adaptation mechanisms to environmental stimuli and stresses and incorporating the knowledge to develop integrated production practices.

Agehara Horticultural Science Lab

  • Research

    Research responsibilities are to identify problems or opportunities and find solutions for vegetable and fruit crop industries in relation to: 1) abiotic stresses, 2) irrigation and fertilization practices, 3) cultural management and protected agriculture.

    Research program covers major Florida’s vegetable (tomato, bell pepper, and cucurbits) and fruit (strawberry and blueberry) crops, as well as new specialty crops (artichoke, blackberry, hops, and pomegranate). The overall goal of this research program is to develop integrated crop stress management that improves the sustainability and profitability of the crops mentioned above by maximizing crop genetic potential and resource use efficiency. Research objectives are achieved by publishing research outcomes in refereed and non-refereed journal articles and by presentations at professional conferences.

  • Extension

    Extension duties are directly connected to the research program and seek to provide educational programs on fertilization, irrigation, cultural management practices, and protected agriculture for vegetable and fruit crop production. The overall goal of this extension program is to support vegetable and fruit crop industries in Florida by supporting county extension agents for educational programs and disseminating relevant research results via reports and electric media (EDIS reports, popular articles, videos, and slides).

  • Lab Team
    Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6594
    Staff MemberContact Information
    Aleyda Ascosta Rangel, PostDoc
    Chris Delcastillo, Ag Assistant II
    Jose Hernandez, Grad Student
    Syuan-You Lin, Grad Student
    Tyler Orr, OPS
    Mandi Rivera, OPS
    Weining (Bill) Wang


Rm. 106
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 CR 672
Wimauma, FL 33598