UF/IFAS Cultivar Release Guidelines

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) supports an active and widely recognized cultivar development program. Breeding programs address many of the major crops grown in the state and routinely release cultivars destined to be grown in Florida, surrounding states, or throughout the world.

Please click here to view the current broad strategies and policies for cultivar release, as discussed and established by the UF/IFAS Dean for Research, UF Plant Breeder’s Working Group, and FFSP. This document represents the current institutional guiding principals for the processes related to cultivar development, testing, release, and commercialization.  This document is intended to be a “living document”, meaning as times and situations change, the approaches outlined therein may be modified to adequately address the changing circumstances.