Crop research center to close

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — The University of Florida will close a vegetable and citrus crop research center in Immokalee and transfer its seven faculty members to research centers in Lake Alfred and Fort Pierce.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center's building will not close, but will be put to other uses, possibly a demonstration site that is similar to facilities in Live Oak and Hastings. A task force to be appointed by the end of the year will decide its future.

UF officials had had no information on when faculty members would move or to which research center.

Scientists who have ongoing field research projects at nearby citrus groves or farms will be allowed to complete those projects.

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