The SERA 17 (Organization to Minimize Phosphorus Losses from Agriculture) workgroup annual meeting will be held at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach, FL from June 20-23.  The SERA 17 group is an organization of research scientists, policy makers, extension personnel, and educators. Our mission is to develop and promote innovative solutions to minimize phosphorus losses from agriculture. For those who are not familiar with the group, more information is available at:


The agenda for this meeting includes several topics that should be of interest to Water Institute faculty.  The Tuesday sessions take a detailed look at the development of numeric nutrient criteria in Florida and will look at how we might meet these criteria at the field scale. Other sessions will explore P-related issues in urban areas and the Everglades. In addition, there is an optional field tour focusing on the Everglades. More information about the meeting, including a tentative agenda can be found at Early registration ($265) runs through May 6th


This intimate meeting is a great opportunity for graduate students to network locally with researchers from all over the US and Canada.  We are offering graduate students a special registration rate of $185 ($200 after June 1). There will also be an opportunity for students to present their research at our poster session (details available in early May).


We hope that Water Institute faculty will consider attending the meeting and/or sending graduate students.  Please feel free to contact me or Gurpal Toor ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.  Also, please feel free to forward this to others who you may feel would be interested in the meeting.


Amy and Gurpal


Amy L. Shober, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Soil and Water Science Department

University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast REC

14625 C.R. 672

Wimauma, FL 33598

phone: 813-633-4150

fax: 813-634-0001