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Water

The enormity and complexity of the environmental horticulture industry in Florida necessitates the partnering of our faculty with colleagues from other agencies, institutions, universities, and departments to meet the research and education needs of Florida’s citizenry. For example, the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture is a partnership between universities and industry designed to help growers use water efficiently and sustainably. Their goal is to provide growers with information on water treatment and to fill informational gaps on technology efficacy. Similarly, a collaborative effort between UF and USDA scientists produced the CCROP (Container Crop Resource Optimization Program) web-based decision support tool that can be used by growers for daily irrigation scheduling as well as for estimating season-long water requirements. Likewise, UF turfgrass scientists located throughout Florida are addressing water quality issues (nutrient leaching) in partnership with Florida Department of Environmental Protection; landscape irrigation planning in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District; and improved turfgrass germplasm in partnership with turf researchers from five southern US land-grant universities with funding provided by the USDA-NIFA.