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UF/IFAS awarded $850K USDA grant to lead multistate research, study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

The Virus was First Discovered in Plants

Did you know that the first virus discovered was in plants, not in humans? As early as 1857, tobacco farmers in the Netherlands recognized a new disease of tobacco. It wasn’t called a virus at the time as… Read More

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida… Read More

Drone Images Detect Two Tomato Diseases with 99% Accuracy

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third… Read More

Three UF/IFAS Faculty Members Elected 2019 AAAS Fellows, Largest Number Yet

Three faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, according to an announcement… Read More

UF Scientist: Florida Crop Surveillance Network Offers State-Level Example of Proposed Global System

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing agricultural production demands and new disease threats will necessitate a global surveillance system for crop diseases, according to a new article in the journal Science. But one of the co-authors from the University of… Read More

Two UF/IFAS Researchers Inducted Into Prestigious AAAS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among their many accomplishments, one may be best known for trying to grow plants in space; the other, for helping growers battle bacterial spot disease of tomato. The two University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

Increasing federal investment in agricultural research

Carrie Harmon in the lab

The University of Florida and 12 other prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SoAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” the report released… Read More