Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) links the engineering sciences to the life sciences to produce food, feed, fiber and other products from renewable bio-resources. It also aims to enhance the productivity of agricultural and biological systems while protecting the environment and conserving and replenishing our natural resources. Florida’s agricultural industry is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation, and requires a broad, interdisciplinary research approach if it is to continue to prosper as the population swells and natural resources become more limited.
Over 30 faculty members, located both on the UF campus in Gainesville and at several UF-IFAS Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, participate as members of interdisciplinary teams working with state, national and international agricultural, water management, and environmental protection agencies. The department’s research program includes four main areas:
Biological Engineering includes the development of biofuels and biosensors, process microbiology, bio and nano-technologies in water resources, heat and mass transfer in biological systems, crop modeling, thermal processing of food, packaging technology, space biotechnology and recycling systems.
Land and Water Resources Engineering encompasses design and analysis of irrigation and drainage systems, developing methodologies to predict and reduce non-point pollution from agricultural watersheds, water conservation, analysis and modeling of surface and groundwater hydrology, as well as water reuse and waste management.
Agricultural Production Engineering includes agrochemical application technology, space agriculture and biology, design and analysis of agricultural structures and their environment, machine systems analysis and design, mechanical harvesting of citrus, precision agriculture, robotics and sensor technology, safety, systems automation and management.
Information Systems research is directed towards knowledge-based decision support systems, weather information, climate change analysis and remote sensing, electronic communication technology, with special emphasis on safety and energy; mathematical modeling over a broad range of plant and animal systems.