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FLPMC

Brooksville Plant Materials Center (FLPMC)
Serving states in the Southeast and the Territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Established: 1947
Size: 182 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: NRCS

An image of participants gathered around a study plot of different plant species during a PMC presentation.

The Brooksville Plant Materials Center (PMC), along with the plant materials centers in Georgia and Mississippi serve the southeastern United States and the Caribbean Area. The Center began in the 1940’s as a seed and plant production nursery located north of Brooksville, Florida. In 1957, the center moved to Arcadia, Florida only to return to Brooksville in 1966 as a Plant Materials Center.

Climatic conditions within the service area vary from temperate to tropical. Soil textures are predominantly loamy to sandy and well drained, but areas of clay and poorly drained soils are common. Plant communities are varied and complex. Major land uses include row crop and vegetable production, rangelands and pastures, citrus groves and orchards, forestland, recreation, and urban land. Major conservation concerns include soil health, clean water, cropland and coastal erosion, and man-made disturbances. The Center develops new plants and technologies to improve croplands and rangelands, restore plant populations, and improve wildlife habitat and water quality.

The Brooksville Plant Materials Center developed 15 improved conservation plants, including five legumes and forbs and ten grasses.

Highlights

SOIL HEALTH

Maintain and improve the productive capacity of soils

  • Evaluate and promote the utilization of cover crops such as sunn hemp and cowpeas for cropping systems and organic vegetable production in Florida and Puerto Rico.
  • Conduct basic research on cover crops to answer questions about their effects on soil quality and adaptability for use in Florida.

WILDLIFE HABITAT

Enhance wildlife usage of grazing land and natural areas

  • Fort Cooper Germplasm splitbeard bluestem and Floral Passion Germplasm pinkscale blazing star developed by the Brooksville Plant Materials Center can be planted in the understory of pines to enhance wildlife habitat.
  • Seed production and establishment techniques to enhance wildlife habitat are transferred to state, federal, and county public land managers through publications and training sessions conducted by the Center.

DISTURBED AREAS

Restore drastically disturbed areas to productive capacity

  • Coastal restoration is supported through the development of four native plants, including Sea Islands Germplasm sweetgrass, which is a culturally significant grass used by the Gullah people of South Carolina for their African-coiled basketry.
  • Restoration of phosphate minelands in Florida is facilitated by research the Center conducts on the establishment of native plants on these disturbed sites.
  • Native Plants for Coastal Dune Restoration: What, When, and How for Florida provides information on restoration techniques and recommendations of appropriate plant species.
  • Citrus Germplasm maidencane and Gator Germplasm blue maidencane are used in the restoration and creation of wetlands.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Promote environmentally sound urban and rural community development

  • Brooksville 67 and Brooksville 68 are diminutive rhizoma perennial peanuts that are xeriscaping alternatives to high water use turfgrasses in low-traffic areas.

Brooksville Plant Materials Center
14119 Broad St.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone: (352) 796-9600
Fax: (855) 465-7547