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Category: Forests

Moving Water from the Roots to the Top, How Is This Possible?

Water is the most limiting abiotic (non-living) factor to plant growth and productivity, therefore, plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. For example, some large rainforest trees can use nearly 1,200 litters… Read More

Florida NRCS Announces Conservation Stewardship Program Signup

GAINESVILLE, Florida, November 2, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from agricultural producers and forest landowners from Florida for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Agricultural producers and forest landowners looking to build on conservation… Read More

The early bird gets…the truffle? UF researchers show birds hunt for the fungi, too

Scientists used to think that only mammals sought out truffles, but a new study shows that birds also pursue these underground fungi. The researchers collected the feces of two common ground-dwelling bird species in Patagonia and found they… Read More

Longleaf pine seedlings are highly resistant and resilient to fire  

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain, but only 3% of this forest type remains today. Restoring longleaf pine forests is an important regional management goal. Two ways land managers restore the ecology of this forest type are by planting longleaf pine seedlings and prescribed burning to simulate… Read More