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Category: Natural Resources

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Bisphenol-A

General Structure of bisphenol-A.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a man-made chemical widely used as a component in many products of daily use in households, such as plastic bottles and metallic canned foods. BPA can leach from bottles and cans into  the environment, increasing our exposure to BPA. BPA… Read More

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Microplastics

Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to humanity and an… Read More

Understanding Nitrogen Transformations and Cycling for Sweet Corn Production in Sandy Soils

Because sandy soils have low water and nutrient-holding capacities and Florida experiences high rainfall periodically, optimizing fertilizer use efficiency for sweet corn production is challenging. The preparation of nitrogen budgets and the implementation of effective management strategies can… Read More

Sand-Clay Mix in Phosphate Mine Reclamation: Characteristics and Land Use

Inlet pipe depositing sand-clay mix

Phosphate rock is a key component in producing fertilizer and many other economically important products.  Getting phosphate rock out of the ground produces a by-produce called phosphate clay, which mining operations must return to the landscape. However, phosphate… Read More

Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMPs) by Homeowners

Water lily

Man-made ponds can be a useful way to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff in residential areas. However, these ponds can become polluted when runoff contains fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste from the neighborhood. This 8-page fact sheet… Read More

Blue Morpho Butterfly Morpho peleides Kollar

Figure 3. Morpho peleides Kollar feeding on decaying bananas in captivity.

The blue morpho butterfly, also known as the peleides blue morpho or common blue morpho, is a brightly colored butterfly abundant in tropical environments in Central and South America. It can be seen flying in open areas such… Read More

Pillbug, Roly-Poly, Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille) (Malacostraca: Isopoda: Armadillidiidae)

Figure 1. Pillbug, Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille), rolled into a ball.

The roly poly is an isopod, a type of non-insect arthropod also known as a terrestrial crustacean. It is called a roly-poly because it rolls into ball when disturbed. This defensive behavior also makes it look like a… Read More

A Manual for the Design and Implementation of Teaching and Demonstration Gardens

Raised beds separate the spikey plants from the pathway.

Teaching and demonstration gardens are places where the public can learn about different types of gardens and landscapes.  This 10-page fact sheet discusses the various types of gardens, how to plan and develop a demonstration garden, logistical and… Read More

Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Activities

Figure 1. Any homeowner can independently adopt the Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices as long as they are consistent with HOA requirements and other restrictions. Credit: Michael Gutierrez, UF/IFAS

To help homeowners predict the impact of implementing some of the water conservation measures listed on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ checklist, this 5-page fact sheet offers a table of estimated water savings. Homeowners can select activities which are the best… Read More