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Article ID: 698939

UF Study: Cool, Calm Cows Produce More Meat, Dairy

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Cows with shorter hair are cooler, and thus, more productive, said Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor of animal sciences at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. A calm cow is also more productive than an agitated one, Mateescu said.

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14-Aug-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698890

UF/IFAS Researchers Give Nutrient Recommendations for Citrus Greening

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Through funding from the state legislature-funded Citrus Initiative, Tripti Vashisth has found that leaves from greening-affected trees often show deficiencies in certain nutrients such as manganese, zinc, iron and more. This suggests that, because of greening, more of these are required and are critical for diseased plants’ survival.

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13-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698892

New UF/IFAS Citrus Production Guide Helps Growers Survive in the Age of HLB

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus greening disease.

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13-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698755

UF/IFAS Experts Explore Multiple Strategies to Control New Palm Disease

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In addition to antibiotic injections, scientists are trying to find the insect that transmits lethal bronzing to the trees. Bahder and his research team have been surveying symptomatic palms for about a year and so far, they’ve narrowed the list to two potential insects as possible conveyors of lethal bronzing.

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9-Aug-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698699

Early Findings Show Plant Hormone May Help in Citrus Greening Fight

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Fernando Alferez, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, leads a team of UF/IFAS researchers studying the effects of Homobrassinolides (HBr), a type of plant hormone, on greening-infected citrus trees.

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8-Aug-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698619

UF Study: Snail Kites Must Do More Than Move to Thrive

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

For a new study, UF/IFAS researchers used nine years of data to find out whether snail kites are reproducing after they move, and how these findings might change conservation strategies.

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6-Aug-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698595

UF/IFAS researchers search for solutions to citrus diseases with Citrus Initiative funds

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

From nutritional supplements to managing irrigation to grower outreach and education, UF/IFAS researchers are finding additional ways to support Florida citrus growers in their fight against citrus greening disease. Twelve projects were funded by the state legislature-funded Citrus Initiative program in 2017-2018 that looked at possible short- and long-term solutions that growers might implement now, that could impact fruit growth, reduce production costs and result in more HLB-tolerant trees.

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Article ID: 698312

SmartPath Technology to Lead to Smart Farm Irrigation

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

By testing new technology, University of Florida scientists will work with growers to encourage their use of alternatives to fresh water by using new smart irrigation systems. This way, growers can lower their risk of transferring pathogens from water to crops, said Eric McLamore, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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31-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698253

National Avocado Day a Reminder of the Fruit’s Popularity

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Pass the guacamole: July 31 is National Avocado Day, a good time to celebrate the traits of another delicious, nutrient-packed food and Florida crop, say University of Florida experts. While some people simply love the taste of guacamole, others also value the healthy traits of the fruit with which it’s made, the avocado.

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30-Jul-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697509

UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In a new study, Barry Alto and his research group found yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes – two abundant species in Florida -- can carry the Mayaro virus.

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17-Jul-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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