University of Florida
RenaDr. Rena Borkhataria heads Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program


Dr. ElSayedWedgworth Visiting Scientist

The EREC is pleased to announce that Dr. Abdelaleim Ismail Ibrahim ElSayed, an Assistant Professor of Molecular plant biology and virology at the Biochemistry Department in Zagazig University, Egypt, has been selected to fill the Wedgworth Visiting Scientist position.  Dr. ElSayed will be conducting research on Sugarcane yellow leaf virus (SCYLV). His project will focus on the SCYLV symptomscharacterization of the SCYLV genotypes or strains occurring in Florida for the purpose of improving control of sugarcane yellow leaf in Florida.  The goal is to improve agricultural profitability and sustainability in the EAA.

Mexican Rice Borer

Mexican rice borer (Eoreuma loftini), discovered in Florida in March 2012, has now been found in 4 counties: Levy, Marion, Citrus and Sumter.  The stalk-boring larvae of this species feed in cultivated grass crops such as sugarcane, rice, corn, sorghum and sudangrass, but also feed in landscape plants such as pampasgrass. (Distribution map updated 04/01/14) More...  

lovebug trap
Research on Love Bugs

Dr. Ron Cherry, and Biologist, Alvin Wilson, are conducting field trials to help homeowners enjoy their yards more during lovebug season by finding a better lovebug trap.

Dr. Guzman97 Years Young (now 99!)

At 97, Victor Guzman still
is building better veggies. More...

Barn Owl ResearchBarn Owl Research Updates

An experiment is currently underway to determine if rodent populations can be reduced by Barn Owl predation. More...

sugarcane harvestSugarcane Handbook

Use this guide to learn about growing sugarcane, varieties, combating pests, economics, and soil conditions. More...



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Visiting Scientists

Did You Know?

The Everglades REC is situated on approximately 800 acres; 420 sugarcane acres are planted in sugarcane, 45 in vegetable research, 250 acres contain buildings and grounds, and 100 acres are fallow.

Solutions for Your Life

UF/IFAS Extension launches an easy-to-use, comprehensive Web site, Solutions for Your Life.  More...