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Tag: Horticultural Sciences

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re not generally harvested… Read More

Life in space – UF/IFAS faculty awarded three grants for further exploration

The NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program recently announced 18 grants that will advance our understanding of how living systems respond to life in space. Three of those grants were awarded to UF/IFAS faculty to… Read More

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to print 54,000 pages… Read More

As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty to use $141M in research funding to improve corn, manage citrus greening, suppress mosquito-borne diseases and more

Scientists at UF/IFAS are using this year’s allotment of $141 million in research funding to develop better sweet corn, improve cow-calf breeding, make further progress toward controlling citrus greening disease and more. Robert Gilbert, dean of UF/IFAS Research… Read More

World outreach helps strawberry breeding program; UF/IFAS varieties grow in 70 countries

BALM, Florida — UF/IFAS-bred strawberries are grown in over 70 countries across six continents. One of those countries, Egypt, ranks among the top strawberry-producing nations in the world. So, it seems fitting that an Egyptian-American scientist is leading… Read More

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas, coleuses, caladiums and… Read More

UF researchers expand vanilla project; hope to meet consumer, grower demands

You can taste it now. A refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream or a milk shake can be tasty and help cool you down in the sweltering Florida heat. To meet growing consumer demand for vanilla, Alan Chambers,… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

UF/IFAS team aims to increase blackberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Blackberries ripen in Florida in May and June, so it’s an ideal time to be thinking about how to grow more of them. Those who produce blackberries in Florida want to increase their yield, and… Read More