Grants and Funding

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Since 2012, the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology has received more than $19 million in grants. 

Recent Grants Funded

2017 UF/IFAS Equipment and Infrastructure Awards

  • PI: Chris Marble
    Unit: Environmental Horticulture
    Title: Li-COR 6800F package — a portable photosynthesis system plus fluorescence meter used to measure photosynthesis

2016 Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Endowed Research Fund Grants:

  • PI: Chris Marble
    Unit: Environmental Horticulture
    Title: Impact of Herbicide Application Carrier Volume on Weed Control in the Absence of Rainfall or Irrigation for Activation
  • PI: Adam Dale
    Unit: Entomology and Nematology
    Title: Novel Cultural Strategies for Managing Insect Pests of St. Augustinegrass
  • PI: Bryan Unruh
    Unit: West Florida Research and Education Center
    Title: A Mobile Web Application for Geolocating Fertilizer Ordinance Jurisdictions

More Recent Grants

  • Co-PI: Hayk Khachatryan
    Unit: Food and Resource Economics
    Funding Agency: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
    Title: Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture
  • Co-PI: Hayk Khachatryan
    Unit: Food and Resource Economics
    Funding Agency: NIFA
    Title: Identifying Knowledge Gaps and Novel Management Strategies for Downy Mildews Impacting Environmental Horticulture Crops
  • PI: Tatiana Borisova
    Unit: Food and Resource Economics
    Funding Agency: UF/IFAS
    Title: Statewide Water Policy Extension Program for Florida's English- and Spanish-Speaking Audiences

Major project areas include:

  • Community Based Social Marketing
  • Consumer Horticulture
  • Economics
  • Irrigation
  • Landscape Design and Maintenance
  • Pest Management
  • Soils
  • Turfgrass
  • Water Modeling and Climate Change

Funded Grants

Irrigation Grants

  • Calibration and Validation of Agricultural Irrigation and Nutrient Management Decision Support
  • EPA SWAT Test Update
  • An Urban Research Project: Turfgrass Establishment Irrigation for Southwest Florida
  • Determination of Maximum Acceptable Irrigation Deficit on Turfgrass for Water Conservation
  • Evaluation of Minimal Required Number of Soil Moisture Sensors for Uniform Agricultural Irrigation Control
  • Optimizing Water Use for Freeze Protection
  • Rain Sensor Protocol Testing
  • EPA Swat Test Update
  • Determiniation of Landscape Irrigation Water Use in Southwest Florida
  • Rain Sensor Protocol Testing
  • Determination of Maximum Acceptable Irrigation Deficit on Turfgrass for Water Conservation
  • ET Controller Continued Virtual Testing
  • Weather-Based Irrigation Controller Test Protocol Training
  • Evaluation of Minimal Required Number of Soil Moisture Sensors for Uniform Agricultural Irrigation Control
  • Update of Net Irrigation Requirements for Turfgrass
  • Investigation Development Methods to Determine Urban Landscape Irrigation for Planning Permitting in Central Florida
  • Sensor Based Irrigation Control and Environmental Fate Testing of Nutrient BMPs on Tomato and Bell Pepper
  • Smart Irrigation Controller Demonstration and Evaluation in Orange County Florida
  • ET Controller Virtual Testing
  • Evaluation Demonstration of Evapotranspiration-based Irrigation Controllers
  • Irrigation Literacy Evaluation
  • Examination of SWAT Protocol Utilizing a Performance Analysis of Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers
  • Evaluation and Demonstration of Soil Moisture Based on Demand Irrigation Controllers for Vegetable Production
  • Investigation Development Methods to Determine Urban Landscape Irrigation for Planning Permitting in Central Florida
  • Sensor Based Irrigation Scheduling for Water and Nutrient Management
  • Dissemination of Landscape Irrigation Information to Help Reduce Urban Landscape Water Use
  • Demonstrate and Evaluate Low Impact Design Best Management Practices

Pest Management Grants

  • Non-Target Impacts of Insecticides Registered for Ornamental Plant Use in Florida
  • Minor Crop Pest Management Program – Early and Advanced Biopesticide Projects

Economics Grants

  • Economic Impact of the Environmental Horticultural Industry in Florida

Water Modeling and Climate Change Grants

  • Needs, Uses, Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Weather and Climate Forecast Info by Water Resource Managers in the Southeast US
  • Using Climate Information to Predict and Reduce Residental Irrigation Demands
  • Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water Supply Management
  • A Spreadsheet Tool for Slow-Rate Land Application System Storage Design
  • Use of Intra-Seasonal and Seasonal Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water Supply Management

Soils Grants

  • The Southern Region Watershed Project
  • Study on Low-Growing Turf Varieties to Reduce Roadside Mowing, Use of Fertilizer and Improve Erosion Control on Slopes
  • An Urban Research Project Turfgrass Establishment Irrigation for Southwest Florida
  • Evaluation of Irrigation Management on Nutrient Leaching from Mixed Landscapes
  • Landscape Perceptions Behaviors Initial Soil Characterization Irrigation Water Analysis
  • Implement Plan of Work for the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) Program
  • Protocol for Water Needs of Shrubs During Establishment

Landscape Design and Maintenance Grants

  • Mobile Tree Failure Prediction for Storm Preparation and Response
  • From Gray to Green: Tools for Transitioning to Vegetation-Based Stormwater Management (In partnership with USF)
  • Effects of Root Form in the Nursery on Tree Stability Following Planting from Containers
  • Evaluation of Urban Tree Survival
  • Evaluating Tree Stabilization Systems for Small Caliper Trees
  • Protocol for Water Needs of Shrubs During Establishments
  • Evaluation of Low Maintenance Roses in Florida

Turfgrass Grants

  • Turfgrass Environmental Research Project
  • Warm Season Turfgrass N Rates and Irrigation