Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research
The Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research (CVSFR) in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University was established by the Florida Legislature in 1978 to “build a long term program focused on the development of improved grapes via traditional breeding, biotechnology and in-vitro selection. The University provides research and technical support to enhance grape products, demonstrate health benefits, protect vineyards from pest and disease, and address other issues of importance to the successful expansion of the grape growing industry” (Florida State Viticulture Plan, 2006).
The Center’s mission is to conduct basic and applied research and provide service that will promote the development of a viable viticulture industry in Florida (Florida Viticulture Policy Act. 1978, Florida Statute 599.003c)
- Develop new and improved grape cultivars and selected small fruit for fresh fruit and processing in Florida.
- Improve the disease resistance of Florida grapes through classical breeding and biotechnology.
- Promote the marketability of Florida grapes and value-added products through research and extension.
- Develop best management practices for Florida grapes and selected small fruits.
- Promote a strong graduate and undergraduate student experiential learning program that will encourage and attract outstanding scholars.
- Develop a strong working relationship with Florida growers and private industry through extension and outreach activities.