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Tag: Soil and Water Sciences Department

UF/IFAS researchers examine plant litter decomposition in grazing land

The sustainability of grazing land depends on several factors, including nutrient cycling from short-term and long-term plant litter decomposition. The plant material that falls to the ground decomposes at different rates. Plant characteristics, such as the carbon (C)… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers share data on copper concentrations in stormwater ponds

If you ask the average Floridian what copper sulfate is, chances are most won’t know. But ask them if they’ve ever seen a bright blue stormwater pond and they’ll likely say yes. Copper sulfate kills algae in ponds… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher surveying Florida cow-calf producers and land managers

A UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department researcher is seeking cow-calf operations in Florida to be part of a survey. Dr. Maria Silveira is leading the effort. The goal is to understand phosphorus balances and budgets in the… Read More

Podcast series features UF/IFAS water researchers

Faculty and graduate students in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department went behind the microphone for a new podcast series. Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) students involved in the Streaming Science project interviewed more than half a… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension to launch “Climate Smart Floridians” program 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has forecast some major issues for Florida due to climate change. Rising sea level means retreating shorelines and more coastal flooding. Hotter than normal temperatures mean stress on the state’s water supply, livestock, and crops – not to mention people.   While climate… Read More

Algae study recognized for high impact among UF/IFAS research

The UF/IFAS Research Dean’s Office is recognizing former undergraduate student Rebecca O’Connell and Soil and Water Sciences research professor Dr. Ann Wilkie for their research paper. The article they co-authored, “Comparing Harvest Productivity of the Filamentous Alga Oedogonium… Read More

New research examines how hurricanes impact inland waters

A hurricane is a devastating natural disaster. Loss of life and destruction of property are two things most people think of in the aftermath of a hurricane. New UF/IFAS-led research focuses on how hurricanes impact some inland waters…. Read More

The important role of nitrogen in Florida soils

A new UF/IFAS Extension document from Soil and Water Sciences Department (SWS) researchers highlights the important role of nitrogen (N) in Florida soils. The element is necessary for healthy plants. However, properly managing soil N levels can be… Read More