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UF/IFAS Employees Help Hard-Hit North Florida REC

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

Scientists at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center — particularly its Marianna facility — may take a while to fully recover their research after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences administrators say. In Marianna, five center pivots – irrigation systems — were turned over and damaged, said Glen Aiken, …

legacy fund

Children to Benefit from UF/IFAS Master Gardener Legacy Fund

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release

The Florida Master Gardener program, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), recently created a Legacy Fund to help support educational projects directly in counties. The Legacy Fund was created by an anonymous donor in 2017, and the first applications were received in the summer of 2018. “The Master Gardener Legacy Fund will support …

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UF Student Helps Design Corn Maze at Local Farm

Dan Corn, Education, Florida, Industry News Release

Farmers and ranchers across Florida are fighting lack of consumer education on food systems by opening their properties to the public in a practice called agritourism. Agritourism allows non-farming folks to learn about the day-to-day operations of a working farm and see first-hand where their food comes from. One such farm is the Single R Ranch in Plant City, Florida. …

heat

UF/IFAS-led Study May Lead to More Heat-Tolerant Rice

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

Rice, the most widely consumed food crop in the world, takes a beating in hot weather. To combat the high temperatures, a global group of scientists, led by a University of Florida researcher, has found the genetic basis to breed a more heat-tolerant rice cultivar. “The productivity of rice, one of the three major cereal grains feeding the world, is …

hurricane michael

UF Gives Update on Crop Damage in Florida

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

As of Oct. 15, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have begun gathering information they need to develop formal estimates of damages and crop losses Hurricane Michael inflicted upon agricultural and natural resources industries operating in Florida’s Panhandle. Dollar figures aren’t ready yet, but they’re on the way, said Alan Hodges, director of …

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UF/IFAS-Developed $50 Device May Help Multibillion Forest Industry

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Research

By developing a simple, $50 trap, University of Florida scientists can gather spores from a pathogen of pine trees and hopefully help prevent diseases from causing more harm to the multibillion-a-year forest industry. Millions of pine trees dot the southern landscape, and they’re susceptible to many diseases, including pitch canker, said Tania Quesada, an assistant research scientist with the UF …

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UF/IFAS Study Illustrates Value Floridians, Others Place on Springs

Dan Florida, Research

Thousands of people take the cool plunge into one or more of Florida’s 1,000-plus springs each year, and each person derives $20 to $43 in recreational value beyond their travel expenses per visit, a new University of Florida study shows. Springs are ideal destinations for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, picnicking and diving, and they’re one of the oldest tourist attractions in …

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Benefits of the Annual Peanut Butter Challenge

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Peanuts

by Dr. Nick Place We hear a lot about hunger. You’ve no doubt seen public service announcements on television, asking you to give to charitable organizations to help feed people. You’ve probably even seen crowdfunding efforts on digital media. It’s a fact of life: Some people around the world are starving – and not just in third-world nations. Some hungry …

termite

UF Study: Large Termite Colonies Less Vulnerable to Sprays Than Baits

Dan Florida, Forestry, Research

Liquid sprays don’t control large subterranean termite colonies as well as baits, giving more credence to the benefits of baits as a way to minimize the bugs’ damage to structures, a new University of Florida study shows. Formosan and Asian subterranean termites are responsible for most of the $32 billion in economic damage to structures worldwide, UF Institute of Food …

crayfish

Crayfish Personalities May Be Key to Understanding Water Ecosystems

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release, Research, Water

Just like people come in different personalities, animals vary in their behavior. For example, some crayfish can be shier while others are bolder, a University of Florida scientist says. While crayfish are known as those little, lobster-like crustaceans eaten by some as a delicacy in soups, bisques and étouffées and are used by others as fish bait, Lindsey Reisinger and …