Center News

Michael Dukes to be honored at FNGLA Convention

CLCE Director Dr. Michael Dukes was recently named the 2019 Friend of the Industry by the Florida Nurseries, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). This award recognizes an individual from outside the association who has contributed to the advancement or improvement of the nursery and landscape industry. "Dukes is one of the foremost national authorities on irrigation," said a representative for the association. Dr. Dukes will be honored at the 2019 FNGLA Annual Convention, which will be held June 21-22 in Tampa.

New Report Shows Effects of Extension Water Conservation Programs

Because of UF/IFAS water conservation programs, Florida residents and green industry professionals are adopting sound landscape management practices that minimize water waste. During 2018, UF/IFAS reported a combined estimated water savings of 386,541,761 gallons of water annually, based on Extension clients’ reported behavior change. To put this in perspective, this water savings is sufficient to supply water for a whole year to 4,393 households, or 104 subdivisions. This later savings is valued annually at a total of $1,279,453.23 in water bill savings for participating households and $1,005,008.58 in water delivery costs for utilities statewide. This water savings also reduced wastewater fees for some households, and potentially contributed to water resource protection in communities across Florida. See the newly published infographic on 2018 statewide urban water conservation efforts and the corresponding impact statement at UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions.

Michael Dukes to be honored at ASABE International Meeting

Center Director Michael Dukes will be presented with the 2019 Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards award and the Heermann Sprinkler Irrigation award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) at the 2019 ASABE Annual International Meeting in July. The Rosentreter award recognizes exceptional contributions toward the generation, maintenance, and administration of ASABE standards; the Heermann award honors professionals that have made significant contributions to the improvement of efficient and effective sprinkler irrigation. Read the full article.

Laura Warner recognized at AAAE conference

Dr. Laura Warner, CLCE faculty member and assistant professor in agricultural education and communication, was recognized at the 2019 Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education conference held this February in Birmingham, Alabama. Her paper, "Why do growers adopt water conservation practices? Viewing Extension opportunities through a new lens' was named Distinguished Research Paper. The paper's other authors are: Alexa Lamm, Sarah White, Paul Fisher, and Peyton Beattie. The study presented in this paper is part of the Clean WateR3 - Reduce, Remediate, Recycle project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2014-51181- 22372. Visit the project at:

Sandra Wilson and graduate students win awards

Woman presenting award and Dr. Sandra Wilson with her award plaque

Dr. Sandra Wilson, professor in environmental horticulture and CLCE affiliate faculty member, was recognized as a Region Fellow for the International Plant Propagators Society Southern. The IPPS Fellow Award honors and recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to the nursery industry and to plant propagation in the Southern Region. (Photo: Dr. Wilson, on the right, holds her award plaque)

Dr. Wilson's graduate student Carlee Steppe was the recipient of the Sidney Meadows Horticulture Scholarship from the Southern Nursery Association.

Debalina Saha, student of CLCE faculty member Chris Marble, came in 3rd place at the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Student competition.

MasterCard Foundation Scholar Interns with Mary Lusk

Juma Bukomba, a young man, in the lab

This semester Dr. Mary Lusk's lab at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center has an undergraduate intern, Juma Bukomba (photo, right). Jumao is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar from Uganda. He won 2nd place in the undergrad category of the GCREC Ag Expo poster contest in November. Juma presented his research on nitrogen availability in urban soils with diverse vegetation covers.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars, who are mainly from African nations. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities. Learn more at

FFL Launches Fertilizer Ordinance App

Keeping up with local fertilizer ordinances can be tough, especially in areas where municipalities have established one set of rules that may or may not coincide with those set forth in a county ordinance. To help green industry professionals navigate these regulations, the UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program has developed an app to identify which areas have adopted ordinances and what it needed to comply. Read the full press release at

CLCE Faculty Receive University Term Professorships

Congratulations to Gail Hansen and Erin Harlow on receiving University Term Professorships! Dr. Gail Hansen is an associate professor in landscape design; Erin Harlow is a commercial horticulture agent with UF/IFAS Extension Duval County. University Term Professorships are awarded to tenure-track faculty members to recognize and reward faculty achievements. The purpose of these awards is to recognize recent contributions and provide incentives for continued excellence. Each University Term Professorship award includes a $5000 (gross) annual salary supplement for a period of three years. Candidates must be nominated by their unit leader, have annual evaluations of Commendable or Exemplary for last five evaluations, high quality of student mentorship, record of professional service, and excellence in research, teaching, or extension. While 250 are awarded across the university, only two are reserved for extension agents.

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