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Seeking a New Pest Solution, UF Scientists Study Fruit Fly’s Gut Bacteria

A team of University of Florida scientists, in partnership with a team of Israeli researchers, is now looking into whether the gut bacteria of two invasive fruit fly species could hold the key to preventing future outbreaks.
21-Jan-2020 5:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Two UF Scientists Part of $12.8 Million Blueberry Breeding Grant

A plant breeder and a food scientist, both with the University of Florida, will join a $12.8 million, multistate research grant to broaden the nation’s blueberry breeding capabilities.
16-Dec-2019 9:35 AM EST Add to Favorites

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An Urbanized Florida Means More Stormwater Ponds, Invasive Plants

In their first attempt to quantify stormwater ponds, researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found about 76,000 such ponds statewide. Many master-planned communities, especially in Florida, rely on stormwater ponds for...
12-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Interest in UF/IFAS Hops Experiment Grows

Tampa Bay microbreweries have a hankering for hops, and some see a University of Florida experimental farm as a source for the crop that will help quench their customers’ thirsts.
3-Dec-2019 11:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

Late Florida Sea Grant Director’s Art to Support Students and Research

Karl Havens was a leading international expert on aquatic research, management, education and outreach. Now, his art will support those who carry on his life’s work, with bidding underway for a selection of his original artwork. Funds raised will...
2-Dec-2019 4:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UF Open House Invites Community to Engage with Science

The University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center is in the heart of the tropical and subtropical fruit and vegetable industries, and the ornamental plant industry. For 90 years it has served as an agricultural research unit of the...
21-Nov-2019 1:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual savings.
19-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Food Trends 2020: Meal Kits, Convenience Store Nutrition and Drinkable Collagen

Most people think of collagen as a protein used for cosmetic purposes that you get in a jar, but prepare for drinkable collagen. If you think that’s interesting, try going online to order meal kits – full of just-the-right ingredients for the...
18-Nov-2019 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Breaking Down Biodegradable: UF Scientist Creates Guide to Bioplastics

“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,...
21-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST

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

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...
24-Sep-2019 4:05 PM EDT

What’s the Likelihood of a ‘Crawl’ Situation? UF Experts Dispel Alligator Attack Misconceptions

The new horror film "Crawl" centers around alligator attacks. The University of Florida's Croc Docs weigh in on the prevalence of alligator encounters.
12-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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

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...
8-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT

UF/IFAS Expert: Eat Fresh Food for a Healthy Heart

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.
7-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST

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UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Unusually high levels of mosquito-borne virus transmission to sentinel chickens, horses and humans have been reported so far this summer.
6-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT

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People Slimming for Summer Should Carefully Consider Their Salads

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.
27-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT

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