Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Research

Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, University of Florida experts say. So, UF/IFAS has teamed up with government agencies to create the Florida First Detectors program, which teaches the public how to identify these insects before …


Bringing Persimmons into the Limelight

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Research

Persimmons are a sweet, flavorful fruit that hasn’t gotten much attention. That’s probably because many people don’t know what it is, how to eat it, or that it’s good for you. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators are working to bring this uncommon Asian native fruit into the limelight. In 2016, the United States exported 7.4 million pounds of …


Pilot Research Projects Selected for Funding to Improve Agricultural Worker Safety and Health

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to prevent heat-related symptoms among Hispanic farmworkers; research mental, physical and occupational health issues among Haitian and Mexican migrant farmworkers; and identify work and movements to …


70th Anniversary for Indian River Research and Education Center

Dan Education, Florida, Research

A big event will take place this Thursday, November 16th as the 70th Anniversary of the Indian River Research and Education Center in Ft. Pierce will be held. Dr. Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, invites folks to attend. from Indian River Research and Education Center Seventy years of service to growers in …

USDA honors 2 UF/IFAS faculty with teaching excellence awards

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

UF has most USDA teaching awards Two faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) received Excellence in Teaching honors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The awards were announced at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12. The USDA presents awards …


UF/IFAS Celebrates Partnership as it Commemorates Century of CREC

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

Whether they’ve faced problems with pests, pathogens, soils, water or natural disasters, growers have turned to scientists at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) for answers for the past 100 years. Scientists at the Citrus REC have worked with growers to help them produce the best fruit and juices available, UF/IFAS experts say. UF/IFAS officials, other dignitaries and …


UF/IFAS Researcher Named to Global Climate, Crop-Modeling Panel

Dan Florida, Research, Weather

A University of Florida professor is known for his work in using computer models to predict crop yields has been named to a newly formed global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, also known as AgMIP. AgMIP brings together agricultural scientists from around the world to research climate change impacts and adaptation options.   Senthold Asseng, …


NIFA to Invest in Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release, Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a competitive opportunity to conduct research on the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. The $3.5 million in grants is available through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program. The BRAG program supports applied and fundamental research to help federal …


UF Study Helps Discount Fluoride as a Danger for Tea Drinkers

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

If you drink tea, you can rest assured about your children’s teeth or your adult bones, now that a University of Florida (UF) research team has found that most teas contain safe amounts of fluoride. Drinking tea can benefit human health, but it contains fluoride, and too much fluoride can lead to teeth discoloration and malformation for children and bone …


Globally Recognized UF/IFAS Crop-Model Researcher Wins National Soil Science Award

Dan Education, Industry News Release, Research

A University of Florida professor has received a top award from the Soil Science Society of America for helping to develop and apply practices that increase crops, income and help the environment. The L.R. Ahuja Ag Systems Modeling Award goes to a soil scientist, agronomist or crop scientist in recognition of distinguished contributions and their demonstrated impact in the past …