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Gulf Coast Turfgrass Field Day & Expo

Dan Florida

The 23rd Annual Gulf Coast Turfgrass Expo & Field Day will be held Thursday, July 27th at the West Florida Research & Education Center in Jay, Florida. The Gulf Coast Turfgrass Field Day & Expo has become one of the greatest educational events in the Panhandle, hosted by the University of Florida, IFAS, and the Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents …

Researchers Hope to Help Find Sites to Grow Tomorrow’s Produce

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Vegetables

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida researchers are sounding a warning bell that fresh produce may be hard to come by in the future. Scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences cite changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition for resources as major threats to farmers’ …

Hydroponics to Improve Yield, Minimize Water Use

Dan Florida, Research, Water

Hydroponic growing systems are a means for growers to potentially improve yield, says Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni, an assistant professor at the Citrus Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. These systems are a way for farmers to grow crops without soil by using water and a nutrient solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Alternative Farming Systems Information Center …

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Do You Love Watermelon in the Hot Summer? University of Florida scientists are on the case

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Consumers increasingly savor the convenience and taste of seedless watermelons, said Xin …

childhood obesity

UF, Rutgers, WVU to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

Dan Education, Florida, Research

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Parents serve as their children’s role models, and they buy most of the food their children eat. With that in mind, researchers from the University of Florida, Rutgers University, and West Virginia University will work with a five-year, $4 million grant to try to change home eating habits to …

health safety

New UF Center Updating Research on Southeastern Agricultural Health and Safety

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research

by Ricky Telg, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is a major reason the new Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS) was established. SCCAHS …

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UF/IFAS’ Crane Honored by Horticultural Society

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

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences As a scientist and tropical fruit Extension specialist, Jonathan Crane has spent most of his adult life trying to help South Florida farmers grow crops in the Sunshine State’s hot, humid weather. In recognition of Crane’s work, the Florida State Horticultural Society has honored the University of Florida Institute …

UF Water Institute Gets $5 Million Grant to Aid Region’s Agriculture, Environment

Dan Florida, Georgia, Research, Water

by Beverly James, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences The University of Florida Water Institute has received a $5 million, five- year grant to promote water security for the region’s farmers, foresters, and the environment. The Water Institute, a campus-wide interdisciplinary Institute, received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture program. …

Achieving ‘Bliss’: Children, Adults Differ in How They Perceive Sweetness of Fruits

Dan Education, Fruits, Research

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Most children want their food to taste sweet. So, do you want your child to eat a candy bar or fruit when they have a snack? A team of researchers from the University of Florida and the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Pennsylvania found children and adults differ in …

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UF Scientists Work to Develop Heat-Resistant ‘ Cow of the Future ’

Dan Cattle, Florida, Research

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “ cow of the future ” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part of a team …