Category: Conservation

Meet the bivalves

Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are all considered bivalves. Let’s take a closer look at a couple. Bay Scallop Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians)… Read More

UF/IFAS Abuzz with Excitement for Upcoming Bee College Events in Gainesville

Experienced beekeepers, aspiring novices and people simply curious about honey bees will all find plenty of sweet educational opportunities at the 2019 University of Florida Bee College, coming August 5-6 and 8-9. Bee College is Florida’s premier beekeeping… Read More

Slake your thirst for water quality knowledge at our classes

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director, and Kevin O’Horan, Communications Coordinator Even as our annual summer rains have rolled in and nagging algal blooms have gradually given way, water remains a hot topic in our area, and… Read More

UF Researchers Find a Strong Correlation Between Liver Cancer and Cyanobacterial Toxins

When researchers in the UF Center for Emerging Pathogens analyzed U.S. public health data from 1999-2010, they determined that contamination from cyanobacterial blooms is a potential risk factor for non-alcoholic liver disease. They superimposed satellite maps of U.S…. Read More

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Researchers Test Water Quality Following Harmful Algal Blooms Using Wild Sponges

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant researchers have tracked over a 15-20 year period how wild sponge populations in Florida Bay recover from harmful algal blooms. Healthy sponge populations in the Florida Keys maintain good water quality and flourishing… Read More

New Tools and Approaches to Better Manage Nutrient Impact

Growing Algae to Remove Excess Nutrients With all of the press regarding harmful algal blooms, it is sometimes easy to forget that most algae are good – in fact crucial for the health of our aquatic food webs…. Read More