agricultural

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s Farm in Hawthorne, Florida, on Sept. 17, will share information on best management practices for utilizing water-saving technologies as well as …

researchers

Researchers Assemble Genomic “Jigsaw” of Cow Gut Microbes

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Research

MADISON, WISCONSIN (ARS)—Using high-tech tools, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators have taken a deep dive into the microbial “soup” of the cow’s rumen, the first of four stomach chambers where tough plant fibers are turned into nutrients and energy. Ultimately, such efforts could lead to new ways of ensuring the health and wellbeing of cows as well …

research

Research Efforts Discussed at Extension Farm Field Day

Dan Education, Field Crops, Florida, Research

The University of Florida’s West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) held its annual Extension Farm Field Day last week at the research farm near Jay, Florida. At the various stops, growers learned more about research efforts in cotton, peanuts and other row crops. One attendee was Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of …

census poultry farms

Analyzing Genomes to Improve Disease Control in Poultry

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry, Research

(USDA/ARS) — Marek’s disease—a highly contagious viral disease caused by a herpesvirus—is a constant threat to poultry worldwide. It is also one of the most preventable diseases with vaccination. However, while vaccines prevent poultry from becoming sick with symptoms of the virus, they do not prevent virus spread and mutation—considered the main reason for increased virus virulence, or severity, in …

humans

UF/IFAS Researcher Aims to Improve Bacteria Treatments for Cows, Humans

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — University of Florida scientists believe they can develop new antimicrobials that will benefit dairy cattle and, eventually, humans by treating bacteria that normally resist antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria take a serious toll on cattle and humans. On the human side, at least 2 million people contract an antibiotic-resistant infection each year in the United States, and at …

seagrass

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Dan Aquaculture, Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is watching them closely. Roth wants to know how the urchins’ eating behavior …

plant

UF/IFAS Plant Geneticist Named Fellow of American Society for Horticultural Science

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Pollinators, Research

BALM, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — If you savor the sights of caladium, gerbera and other ornamental plants, you can thank Zhanao Deng for developing better varieties. In his three-decade career, Deng beams with pride over new types of caladium and gerbera he’s bred that are more resistant to diseases. He’s also happy with his lantana varieties, which are genetically sterilized and …

avocado

UF/IFAS Researchers Honored for Avocado Integrated Pest Management

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

(UF/IFAS) — University of Florida officials recognized a team of research scientists with a High Impact Research Publication award for an article published in the May 2018 edition of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, an international scholarly science journal. The publication, “Identification of the Achilles heels of the laurel wilt pathogen and its beetle vector,” introduces new pest management tactics for …

fruit

UF/IFAS Researchers Use AI to Take the Guesswork out of Fruit Pricing

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — Pricing fruit comes down to a bit of art and some science for farmers. But new technology from the University of Florida may remove some of that guesswork. “Growers often rely on their gut to estimate a price for their crop,” said Daniel Lee, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of …

fmc

FMC Continues to Grow U.S. Biologicals Portfolio

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Soybeans

Submits two new strains for EPA approval (FMC) — FMC Corporation has announced the submission of two new active ingredient microbial pesticide strains, RTI 301 and RTI 477, and associated formulated products to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD). Submissions have also been made in the EU and field work is continuing in Canada …