University of Florida

Agricultural Production Engineering Projects

ABE faculty are involved in a wide range of projects in remote sensing, agricultural machinery, robotics, citrus greening and more. The following are highlights of current research areas. Additional projects can be viewed at faculty websites listed below.

Won Suk "Daniel" Lee - Associate Professor

Dr. Lee and his team are involved in a number of projects, primarily focusing on citrus research.

Won Suk "Daniel" LeeProject Title: Citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB) detection using airborne hyperspectral and multispectral imaging
Sponsor: Citrus Research and Development Foundation
Summary: The overall objective of this study is to develop a method to detect citrus greening infected areas in citrus groves using airborne hyperspectral and multispectral imaging which will enable more rapid detection of potentially infected areas. This coupled with development of efficient management plans of these areas will prevent further spread of the infection.

Project Title:Elimination of debris using de-stemmers on a continuous citrus canopy shake and catch harvester
Sponsor: IFAS Citrus Initiative
Summary:This research is currently being conducted to design an efficient debris removal system and quantify the amount of debris materials such as leaves and twigs using machine vision, generated during harvesting by a continuous citrus canopy shake and catch harvester, and to compare the efficiency of two de-stemmers with different lengths. 


Dr. Clyde Fraisse - Assistant Professor

The main goal of the Climate Extension and Applied Research Program is to provide climate information and climate-based products to stakeholders in agriculture, forestry, and water resources management.

The program conducts research aimed at reducing climate and weather risks in agriculture and natural resources in Florida and cooperate with similar programs in the States of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, under the Southeast Climate Consortium. View additional projects at

Clyde FraisseProject Title: Climate information system for agriculture and water resource management in the SE USA
Sponsor: NOAA
Summary: The main goal of this project is to develop and refine methods to incorporate climate forecasts in water resource management in the southeastern USA and document and assess the utility and impact of climate forecast information provided to stakeholders in agriculture and water resource management.