Category: UF/IFAS

UF/IFAS County Extension director: Be ready to provide information for FEMA aid

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of residents are lining up for assistance from FEMA now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone. But, many may be turned away for not having proper documentation or information. “We want to… Read More

TREC Helps Growers, Trains Future Plant Breeders

Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) are looking for ways to improve production of crops such as squash and watermelon. Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor in the Horticultural… Read More

UF scientist recognized for research in mosquito-borne disease control

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance. That boundless need to know has paid off for Bloomquist,… Read More

UF experts offer tips for tree, lawn survival post-Irma

As property owners and managers clean up lawns and trees in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s wind and rain, University of Florida experts offer several tips for tree planning and recovery and lawn improvement. Michael Orfanedes, a commercial… Read More

UF expert offers tips on tending to mental health after a hurricane

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  While residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, and many are still without electricity and clean water, it is not unexpected that some are starting to show symptoms of stress. Heidi Radunovich, a psychologist with the University… Read More

Avoiding foodborne illness during hurricane season

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  by Tom Nordlie Protect your family from foodborne illness during hurricane season by following research-based guidelines and common sense, urges a University of Florida food safety expert. As part of Hurricane Irma recovery, take steps to ensure… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension steps up to feed hungry children, babies

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  Laurie Hurner could hear the children and babies crying in hunger in her sleep. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Highlands County director knew she had to feed children left hungry by Hurricane Irma, so she reached… Read More

UF students, faculty among hundreds who replanted blueberry bushes damaged by storm

DADE CITY, Fla. — More than 200 volunteers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the community gathered on a hot, windy Saturday to replant thousands of blueberry bushes at Pasco County’s Frogmore… Read More