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The past century has seen the citrus industry grow from the fresh fruit packinghouses of early citrus pioneers to today's billion-dollar industry for processed juice and fresh fruit. At the University of Florida's (UF) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, scientists and engineers have made several key scientific discoveries and technological advancements that have been pivotal to the industry's development.


Welcome to the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida. CREC is the world's largest Research, Teaching and Extension center devoted to citrus. CREC scientists and engineers interact closely with the citrus industry to address pertinent issues in horticulture, pests and diseases, and postharvest and processing technology.