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Business Office

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

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 White at 863-956-8632.

Electron Microscope Lab

The EMlab can provides extremly detailed imagery on a molecular scale. Take a look at some examples in the photo gallery.

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)

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


The library at the Citrus Research & Education Center has a research collection of over 15 thousand volumes. Most of the holdings are Journals. We also have a book collection to cover many subjects such as horticulture, nematology, entomology, soil science, plant pathology, food science and biochemistry. The CREC library is the largest library in the world devoted to the study of citrus. For more information, call the Library at 863-956-5890.

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.