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Business Office

Refer to the Business Office for all personnel purchases and PCard guidelines, rules and regulations. For more information, call the Business office at 863-956-8604.

Central Grants

The Central Grants team is available to assist faculty in applying for funding opportunities and to assist with post award items.  Please send all grant related correspondences and questions to

Customer Service

The Customer Service department provides information for people who would like to utilize the resources at the CREC in some way to benefit their personal or organizational goals. Our support team looks forward to serving our community in whatever way that we can. Take a moment to find out what the CREC can offer you! For more information, call Sarah McCoy at 863.956.8632.

Microscopy Lab

The EM lab can provide extremely detailed imagery on a molecular scale.

Facilities Operations

The Facilities Operations department is responsible for maintaining the facilities infrastructure at the Citrus Research and Education Center.

Grove Department

The main responsibility of the grove department is the routine maintenance of all citrus groves (see link for GIS Maps) in the Citrus Research and Education Foundation.

Human Resources

The Human Resources office maintains employee records, benefit information, payroll and hiring.

Information Systems Department

ISD provides support to CREC users with computer networking, information systems development, network infrastructure, and telephone support.

Mature Citrus Facility

The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF-IFAS) and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) established The Mature Citrus Facility (MCF) at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, FL in 2011. This is a service-oriented facility for scientists, growers, and industry. Targets include tolerance or resistance to citrus canker, citrus greening or huanglongbing, and other value-added traits.

Processing and Packinghouse Pilot Plant

The CREC Processing Pilot Plant contains most of the equipment necessary to perform studies related to citrus, beverage, and by-products processing.

Transformation Lab

The Core Citrus Transformation Facility was established to expedite integration of recombinant DNA technologies and genetic engineering into basic research from other related disciplines, including biochemistry, food science/processing, post harvest physiology, horticulture, plant pathology, and entomology by providing a service that will allow researchers from all disciplines to have their genes of interest transferred and tested in the appropriate citrus cultivars.


Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public ( The CREC extension team works with our researchers to deliver information to growers and the broader public audience.