Richard Smith

Richard Smith
Mentor: Dr. Brian Pearson
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"Helping to expand the boundaries of man's knowledge of the world in which we live as it pertains to the plants we use in our landscapes and gardens making those areas more sustainable, more productive, and with less environmental impact is all that I have wanted to do. Research allows me the opportunity discover new knowledge and to contribute to the body of science."


Plant Science


Agribusiness Sales and Marketing

Research Interests

  • Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Urban Soils Management
  • Crop Physiology

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • UF Dean's List
  • UF/IFAS Summer Research Internship
  • National Foliage Foundation's James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • Orange County Farm Bureau Scholarship


  • Environmental Horticulture Club
  • Golden Key International Honour Scociety
  • CALS Honors Program


  • UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener

Hobbies and Interests

  • Outdoor Activities
  • Writing
  • Playing Banjo
  • Gardening

Research Description

Effect of Cultivar on Growth and Strobile Production in Hops (Humulus Lupulus) in Central Florida

Hops (Humulus Lupulus) is a perennial, herbaceous agricultural crop cultivated for its strobiles which contain a resinous compound used for flavoring and aroma in food, tea, and beer. The United States is the second largest global producer of hops with greater than 30,000 acres in production (Davis and King, 2012). Increased demand for hop products has recently resulted in production of hops in non-traditional areas. Successful hop cultivation outside traditional areas of the Pacific Northwest has been reported in North Carolina and New Mexico (Davis and King, 2012; Lombard, 2013). Preliminary investigations conducted in Central Florida at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center support viability of hop production in climate zones previously considered too mild. Sixty hop rhizomes consisting of four varieties (Chinook, Columbus, Amallia, and Neo1) were transplanted into native deep sand soil (Tavares-Millhopper soil series) within a polyethylene covered, open-sided greenhouse. Plant bine length and quantity of strobiles produced were collected weekly. Differences among cultivars for both bine length and strobile production will be discussed. Results from this work will assist in selection of hop cultivar for production in Zone 9 climates.