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Released: 21-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST
Breaking Down Biodegradable: UF Scientist Creates Guide to Bioplastics
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

“Bioplastics—a better option for the environment?” is a compilation of information about bioplastics. These alternative plastics have become more popular, and as it turns out, they’re effectively still the same as petroleum-based plastic, according to Dr. McGuire’s document.

Newswise: UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic:
Keeping Florida’s Diverse Horticulture Industry Healthy
Released: 24-Sep-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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.

Released: 12-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
What’s the Likelihood of a ‘Crawl’ Situation? UF Experts Dispel Alligator Attack Misconceptions
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The new horror film "Crawl" centers around alligator attacks. The University of Florida's Croc Docs weigh in on the prevalence of alligator encounters.

Newswise: Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth
Released: 8-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT
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.

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Released: 7-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
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.

Newswise: UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses
Released: 6-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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.

Newswise: People Slimming for Summer Should Carefully Consider Their Salads
Released: 27-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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.

Newswise: Beach Bound? UF/IFAS Works With Communities to Ensure Clean Shorelines
Released: 25-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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.

Newswise: UF/IFAS Experts Available for 2017 Hurricane Season
Released: 1-Jun-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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.

Newswise: UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought
Released: 23-May-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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.

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Released: 20-Apr-2017 8:05 AM EDT
UF/IFAS Expert: For Earth Day, Save Energy with Small Steps
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Wendell Porter, a senior lecturer in the UF/IFAS department of agricultural and biological engineering, offers hints to save energy: Change the temperature on your thermostat by 1 degree. Change the temperature on your hot water tank from 130 to 120. Turn off your home entertainment system overnight and while you’re at work. “Then get addicted to the habits,” Porter said. “It’s all about the money to me.”

Newswise: With Halloween Candy, It’s a Matter of Moderation, UF/IFAS Expert Says
Released: 26-Oct-2016 8:05 AM EDT
With Halloween Candy, It’s a Matter of Moderation, UF/IFAS Expert Says
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As with any sugary food, consuming too much Halloween candy is not good for you, said UF/IFAS associate professor Karla Shelnutt. “I don’t think kids should be eating more than one to two pieces of candy a day.”

Newswise: Avocado Tree-Destroying Pathogen Now in 61 of 67 Florida Counties
Released: 4-May-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Avocado Tree-Destroying Pathogen Now in 61 of 67 Florida Counties
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The only counties not to have reported laurel wilt are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla – all in the Panhandle, said Crane, a faculty member at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. “Eventually, all Florida counties will have laurel wilt,” Crane said. Crane is giving homeowners tips on how to deal with laurel wilt.

Released: 7-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EST
UF/IFAS experts available to speak on National Nutrition Month®
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

This year’s theme is ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.’ UF/IFAS experts Linda Bobroff and Karla Shelnutt can talk about many areas in which individuals and families can eat to live healthier lives.

Released: 7-Mar-2016 8:05 AM EST
UF/IFAS Expert: Fisheries Won’t Meet Need of Exploding Population, but Aquaculture Will
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The world’s fisheries are a great source of protein, but even with the best management, they won’t be able to meet the needs of a global population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences resource economics expert said. Therefore, aquaculture must grow, said James Anderson, a UF/IFAS food and resource economics professor and director of the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.

Released: 14-Dec-2015 8:05 AM EST
UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program Faculty, Staff Help During Holidays
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In keeping with the yuletide spirit of giving, faculty, staff and interns with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program are helping others this month, including adopting a family and collecting and distributing hygiene items.

Released: 9-Nov-2015 8:05 AM EST
UF/IFAS Expert Gives Food-Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

You’re about to feast, give thanks, watch football and, maybe, take a nap. But as you head into the Thanksgiving holiday, how do you make sure you’re preparing your food properly and, then after dinner, how to you ensure your food stays safe to eat?

Released: 6-Aug-2015 9:05 AM EDT
UF/IFAS Expert Urges Returning College Students to Read, Know Their Lease
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As thousands of college students across America return to school for the fall, a UF/IFAS financial expert has quick, simple advice: Read the apartment lease. To some, reviewing the lease may seem obvious; to others, it may seem onerous. But it’s time well spent, said Michael Gutter, an associate professor of family financial management and associate dean of Extension at UF/IFAS.

Released: 11-Jun-2015 3:05 PM EDT
UF/IFAS Researcher: Americas May be Hit by Catastrophic Banana Disease
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher warned that a disease that has decimated Cavendish bananas in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia could be headed for the Western Hemisphere.

Released: 18-May-2015 8:05 AM EDT
Tips to Handle Those Rare Florida Tick-Borne Diseases
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Not every tick carries the lyme disease pathogen, says UF/IFAS Veterinary Entomologist Phil Kaufman, debunking one myth. Still, Floridians and others can contract tick-borne diseases, and he offers advice on dealing with them.

Newswise: Sticking with a Healthy Heart Plan
Released: 6-Feb-2015 9:00 AM EST
Sticking with a Healthy Heart Plan
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Only one in six people successfully stay with a diet and exercise regimen that leads to better health. But because it's American Heart Month, a UF/IFAS expert offers tips on how to eat and exercise for the long term.

Released: 17-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST
The Call for Normalized Relations with Cuba: An Economic Perspective
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Professor William Messina with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an expert on Cuba's economy.

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Released: 4-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST
Spiders 101
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Lisa Taylor explains why these fascinating creatures are good to have around.

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Released: 23-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Vacation on a Budget
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A fun family vacation does not have to break the bank - University of Florida/IFAS Financial Expert Dr. Micheal Gutter explains how to have fun in the sun without going in the red.

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Released: 5-Jun-2014 9:45 AM EDT
Understanding Health Insurance Terms
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

What is a deductible? How about a co-payment? UF/IFAS Financial Expert Dr. Micheal Gutter explains these terms and more.

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Released: 15-May-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Perennial Peanut: A Ground Cover for Your Florida Yard
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Horticulture Specialist Wendy Wilber explains how you can use Perennial Peanut in your Florida lawn.

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Released: 14-May-2014 3:30 PM EDT
What is eCycling?
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Sustainability Expert Dr. Wendell Porter offers a solution to old electronics that no longer work - recycling them.

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Released: 9-May-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Lovebug Invasion
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Norm Leppla talks about these pesky insects that fly around twice a year and leave multiple stains when colliding with vehicles.

Newswise: Nutrition Professor Available to Comment on Proposed FDA Nutrition-Label Changes
Released: 27-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST
Nutrition Professor Available to Comment on Proposed FDA Nutrition-Label Changes
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

FDA's proposed changes to nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages are great, but will likely be a big reality check for consumers, UF professor and nutrition expert suggests.

Newswise: Food Trends That May End Up on Your Plate in 2014
Released: 11-Dec-2013 2:25 PM EST
Food Trends That May End Up on Your Plate in 2014
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A roundup of predicted food trends for the coming year, with expert contact information attached.

Released: 14-Nov-2013 10:00 AM EST
Renowned Scientist to Speak at UF/IFAS York Lecture Series
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Penn State Meteorology professor Michael Mann to talk about climate change and political wars.

Released: 30-May-2013 1:25 PM EDT
Storm-Preparation Expert Tailors Planning Guide for Floridians
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Storm-preparation expert says it's time for people to get prepared for a summer's worth of storms; promotes new planning handbook


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