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We research and teach about soil, water, and environmental sciences in urban, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. As a university of Florida department within the institute of food and agricultural sciences and the college of agricultural and life sciences, we offer degree, certificate, and extension programs on campus and online. Since our origins, more than 100 years ago, we have made significant contributions to improving the productivity of Florida’s agriculture, helping protect the state's unique ecosystems, and contributing to soil and water science at national and international levels.



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Field trip to SWES Experiential Learning Lab gives high school students close-up look at science

When Gainesville High School teacher Sadie Matteucci wanted her students to learn more about the benefits of composting, she knew where to go. She took a group of environmental science students to Dr. Ann Wilkie’s lab at the University of Florida. Wilkie is the lead professor at the UF/IFAS department of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences’ (

Members of UF/IFAS department of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences contribute to book on sandy soils

Anyone working the land in Florida is aware just how sandy the soil is throughout the panhandle and peninsula. Even the official state soil is Myakka fine sand. So, it is not surprising the first book solely focused on sandy soils includes authors from the UF/IFAS department of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences (SWES). With their keen knowledge of the subject, several members of SWES collaborated to write three of the book’s

UF/IFAS scientists address food security in the Caribbean

At their core, land-grant institutions like the University of Florida focus on how science, research and global partnerships can address food-security challenges, develop innovative solutions and efficiently reach those in need. To promote food security, a team of University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty recently conducted a three-day training program in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address