Tropical Research and Education Center, The

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United States of America - Florida - Homestead

Institution Code: HOMES

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Tropical Research and Education Center, The

The Tropical Research and Education Center of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida is located in Homestead , Florida about 30 miles south of Miami. The Center was established in 1929 by an act of the state legislature in what is now Miami-Dade County on land donated by the Krome family and Mr. Charles E. Schaff.

Research, teaching, and extension programs focus on tropical and subtropical fruit crops, tropical and temperate vegetable crops, and ornamental crops of southern Florida. The agricultural industry served by the center has an annual farm gate value of $834 million. Multiplier effects make agriculture's impact on the local economy worth over $1 billion annually.

Due to the region's humid subtropical climate, TREC is the only state university research center in the continental U.S. focusing on a large number of tropical and subtropical crops. Also, the area's oolitic limestone soil is unique to extreme southern Florida. In addition, the Center addresses water and environmental issues that impact crop production over a shallow aquifer and in proximity to Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Marine Park, Florida Bay and major well fields which provide drinking water to the several million people in neighboring urban areas.

The center's 160 acres consist of offices, laboratories, greenhouses, vegetable fields, and fruit orchards. There are sixteen faculty members and about 45 support staff.

Main Address:
Tropical Research and Education Center, The
University of Florida
18905 SW 280 Street
Florida 33031 United States of America

Telephone: (305) 246-7000
Fax: (305) 246-7003
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Van Waddill
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1929
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 64 Hectares
    Latitude: 25.5063600
    Longitude: -80.4999370
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:tropical and subtropical fruit crops, tropical and temperate vegetable crops, and ornamental crops of southern Florida

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes