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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center


The Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida is a team of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to improving fruit and vegetable production for the benefit of farmers and consumers. Florida’s climatic diversity and the facilities at UF provide opportunities for research with temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical crops on a nearly year-round basis.

We conduct cutting-edge research in plant breeding & genetics, plant and environmental physiology, fruit & vegetable production, postharvest physiology, biochemistry, and other disciplines.

We offer high-quality education and training for undergraduate and graduate students to equip them with the skills needed to be successful in satisfying, high-paying careers.

Our diverse faculty is located throughout the state, integrating our research/teaching/extension programs to provide practical experience for our students, technical support for our farmers, relevance for our horticulture industry, and a pipeline to bring leading research from our labs to you. 


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Student Information 

The Horticultural Sciences graduate program is dynamic and diverse, offering students the freedom to join research programs in molecular genetics, breeding, physiology/biochemistry, postharvest biology, crop production and nutrient management, organic and sustainable agriculture, or weed science.

Our dedicated research faculty and state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, research farms, and research and education centers are strengths of our graduate research program.

Our courses are available both in-person and online, providing flexibility for students.

Additionally, scholarships are available to eligible candidates, offering further opportunities for academic advancement.

When you join the Horticultural Sciences graduate program, you become a part of a team of faculty, students, and staff committed to the pursuit of original research in horticulture.

Possible Careers

  • Agronomist: Study plants and soils for agricultural productivity
  • Crop Consultant: Advise on crop management and production techniques
  • Professor/Research Scientist: Educate and innovate in horticultural science
  • Extension Agent: Provide community education and support for agricultural practices

Have Questions? 

Dr. C. Eduardo Vallejos, Graduate Coordinator | 352-273-4845 or

Curtis Smyder, Student Services Coordinator | 352-273-4781 or


Horticulture Faculty Members

Dr. Shinsuke Agehara
Associate Professor
Horticultural Sciences
Small Fruits and Vegetables
813-419-6583 | Rm. 126

Dr. Nathan Boyd
Assoc. Center Director
Professor of Horticultural Sciences
Weed Science
813-419-6613 | Rm. 109