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UF/IFAS Extension
Miami-Dade County

The UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and our local community.

(305) 248-3311
18710 SW 288th Street
Homestead, FL 33030


Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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Moving Water from the Roots to the Top, How Is This Possible?
Water is the most limiting abiotic (non-living) factor to plant growth and productivity, therefore, plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. For example, some large rainforest trees can use nearly 1,200 litters (317 gallons) of water in a single day! In general, the maximum daily transpiration rates tend to range from 500–2,000 litters (130-520 gallons) for individual trees depending on


What's Going on in Florida

2021 Brings New Conversations
2021 began slowly, but somehow, we are already into the second month! My colleagues at Miami-Dade Eco Adventures are pleased to continue the “Conservation Conversations” webinar series for the winter-spring season, with webinars once a month from January through May at 12:00pm. The list of topics and links to register are below


NFREC Quincy—100 Years of Service and Adaptation
It was the summer of 1978. I had just graduated with a BS degree in Agronomy from the Ohio State University


Tropical Fruit—Canistel
Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Canistel by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Canistel Botanical name: Pouteria campechiana Family: Sapotaceae Some good varieties: Fairchild #1, Oro, Trompo, Bruce About the fruit: The fruit is bright yellow orange on the outside and the inside


New FWC draft rule will allow for harvest of Goliath grouper
By Ana Zangroniz and Angela Collins, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, Manatee County The October 6th meeting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ended with a new draft proposed rule: the permission for a limited harvest of Goliath Grouper, a species of fish that has been prohibited from take both in state and federal waters since 1990. Goliath grouper are the largest grouper species in the Tropical Western


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    Asian Bean Thrips – another New Pest Species in Miami-Dade Agriculture
    A new species of thrips was first reported on beans in Miami-Dade County in 2020. The size of this insect is very tiny, only about one millimeter long


    2021 International Coastal Cleanup
    Though Covid-19 is still present, this past Saturday, September 18, my partners and I were pleased to return to a feeling of relative normalcy through our International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event at Biscayne National Park (BNP). Elliott Key is located within BNP and is the longest, undeveloped island of the northernmost Florida Keys