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Newswise: UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic:
Keeping Florida’s Diverse Horticulture Industry Healthy

UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic: Keeping Florida’s Diverse Horticulture Industry Healthy

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In south Florida, growers and nurseries of tropical plants, vegetables and crops turn to such experts at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) of University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). At the heart of the center that is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a gala fund raising event at the Coral Gables Country Club on October 26 is the Plant Diagnostic Clinic, established to preserve the health of a unique tropical plant industry.

Channels: Agriculture, Food Science, Plants,

Released:
24-Sep-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Farmers use fertilizer to put nutrients into their soil to help crops grow. When nutrients get into the soil, microbes can help plants grow by changing nutrients into other forms, such as nitrate or ammonium, that plants either use or are leached out of the soil, Strauss said. Other microbes give the soil more nutrients by providing new sources of nitrogen that can also benefit plants.

Channels: Agriculture, Environmental Science, Microbiome,

Released:
8-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT
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UF/IFAS Expert: Eat Fresh Food for a Healthy Heart

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As we enter February, which is American Heart Month, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences nutrition expert gives several suggestions to help you keep your heart pumping blood as it should.

Channels: Cardiovascular Health, Food Science, Health Food, Heart Disease, Nutrition,

Released:
7-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
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Newswise: UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses

UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Unusually high levels of mosquito-borne virus transmission to sentinel chickens, horses and humans have been reported so far this summer.

Channels: Agriculture, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Infectious Diseases,

Released:
6-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: People Slimming for Summer Should Carefully Consider Their Salads

People Slimming for Summer Should Carefully Consider Their Salads

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Laura Acosta, a registered dietitian at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said three types of salads often come with lots of calories and are laden with fat and sodium.

Channels: Food Science, Nutrition, Obesity, Summer,

Released:
27-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: Beach Bound? UF/IFAS Works With Communities to Ensure Clean Shorelines

Beach Bound? UF/IFAS Works With Communities to Ensure Clean Shorelines

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As we celebrate July 1-7 as National Clean Beaches Week, thousands, if not millions of people will flock to Florida’s shorelines. If visitors leave garbage, local residents will rid the debris from the shorelines, and some will get help from UF/IFAS Extension agents.

Channels: Agriculture, Marine Science,

Released:
25-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: UF/IFAS Experts Available for 2017 Hurricane Season

UF/IFAS Experts Available for 2017 Hurricane Season

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Experts from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences can provide insight about hurricane preparation, agricultural crops, tree damage, hurricane-proofing your home and more.

Channels: Meteorology, Hurricanes, Natural Disasters, Environmental Science,

Released:
1-Jun-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Extension experts can provide an irrigation audit, which will help you troubleshoot spots where perhaps the sprinklers are not wetting the soil uniformly. It may be tempting to run the sprinklers more often when we see dry spots in the lawn, but the problem may be more related to how uniformly the sprinkler heads are covering the lawn than to the amount of time they run.

Channels: Environmental Science, Drought,

Released:
23-May-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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