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UF researchers awarded $1.8M to improve nutrient management of Suwannee Valley farms

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley recently received a $1.8 million award for a 5-year project to develop precision nutrient application methods for the region. The on-farm… Read More

UF scientists help thwart disease that can ravage the popular gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisies are popular worldwide for their wide array of brightly colored flowers. They also make great plants for the garden, and their blooms yield long-lasting cut flowers. Many newlyweds use cut gerbera flowers to decorate their wedding ceremonies…. Read More

UF researchers develop corn that can weather warming planet

Climate change will affect many agricultural crops, and field corn is likely no exception. Field corn, the starchy cousin of sweet corn, is a globally important cereal grain used in livestock feed and other products. And it has… Read More

Cracking the code on growing vanilla: DNA mystery uncovered by latest UF/IFAS research in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed a tool to unlock the genetic traits that pinpoint the vanilla variety that produces an abundance of beans, grows efficiently and sustainably, with consumer-approved taste. As part of their… Read More

Vermicomposting (Using Worms for Composting)

Vermicomposting = worm composting Do you live in a small space and want to have a neat little efficient compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps? Vermiculture, also known as worm composting, is becoming increasingly popular with the… Read More

In story of blueberries and bees, scientists play matchmaker

Chew on this the next time you eat a blueberry: [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Every single blueberry is the result of a flower that was pollinated by a bee.[/inlinetweet] In other words: No buzz, no berry. With that in… Read More

Most Americans’ CARES Act stimulus checks went to basic needs, UF economists find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although direct payments to Americans have been utilized during previous economically challenging times – the last as part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 – never before had the world looked as it had… Read More

UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio… Read More

Latest non-native lizard to expand in Florida, UF/IFAS scientists warn

Palm trees, beaches and lizards are all common to Florida’s landscape, but did you know not all lizards are native? In fact, University of Florida researchers tell us that there are three times the number of lizards in… Read More

UF survey requests citrus grower input to help set research directions

By RUTH BORGER   LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock is looking to the future of her research program and needs citrus industry professionals to help her see a clear picture. Since arriving at… Read More