Research and Demonstration Facilities

The Research Dean’s Office directly administers two research and demonstration facilities for use in agricultural & natural resource research, education, and extension activities. Please visit their websites to find out more information about what these two important resources can provide. 

Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS)Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS)

The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) is a year-round field station established for the long-term study and conservation of unique ecosystems through management, research, and education. The Station serves as a support unit for faculty focusing on research, teaching/training, and extension projects throughout the state as well as other academic institutions and agencies across the country. Areas of focus are forestry, wetlands, soil science, wildlife ecology, engineering, entomology, botany, climate change, microbiology, fire science, restoration, environmental science, limnology, geography, and remote sensing. The Station is located about 20 miles east of Gainesville in Melrose (Putnam County, Florida). OSBS is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS). 

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Plant Science Research and Education Unit (PSREU)‌Plant Science Research and Education Unit (PSREU)

The Plant Science Research and Education Unit (PSREU) serves UF/IFAS faculty from throughout the state. Currently, 140 or more UF/IFAS researchers are conducting more than 400 projects, including trees and woody ornamentals, turf production and maintenance, plant breeding, minimum and reduced tillage, crop water management, plant pathology, plant fertility, corn genomics, vegetable production, organic agriculture, citrus, wetland ecology, entomology, nematology, and weed science. UF/IFAS is collaborating with other organizations in conducting weather and climate studies, as well as ground cover radar density studies, at the PSREU.

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