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Category: Agriculture

New Extension agent builds on legacy of those before her

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — When you meet Ajia Paolillo, you might think that everything old is new again. That’s because Paolillo, the new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus agent… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to present history of vegetable pests, sees hope with collaboration

About the time Hugh Smith was a graduate student in entomology and nematology at the University of Florida, his academic department was housed on the top floor of McCarty Hall in Gainesville. Steinmetz Hall, the department’s current location,… 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

Florida Strawberry Festival’s featured fruit comes from UF/IFAS research

PLANT CITY, Fla. — When you hear the words “Plant City,” what comes to mind? Strawberries, probably. As thousands of people come here for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various types of the… Read More

UF seeks high school student applicants for science summer program

Hosted by the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences This summer, Florida high school students have the opportunity to experience college life at the University of Florida while learning how the agricultural, natural resource and life sciences… Read More

UF Flora and Fauna Festival to feature interactive science, food and fun

Who:    UF/IFAS Doctor of Plant Medicine Program What:    The public is invited to learn about plants, bugs and more at this event, which will highlight local vendors, interest groups, students and businesses. Attendees can take guided tours of… Read More

UF among coalition of researchers tackling sustainable agriculture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Agriculture’s grand challenge of feeding the world’s growing population while protecting the environment recently got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) awarded eight institutions nearly $80 million… Read More

UF/IFAS Expert Urges Colleagues to Breed Tastier Tomatoes in Different Environments

A University of Florida tomato expert is calling on researchers worldwide to use genetics to help farmers grow tastier tomatoes in many geographic locations. Consumers crave tasty tomatoes, but the trick comes in growing flavorful fruit in different… Read More

Seeking a New Pest Solution, UF Scientists Study Fruit Fly’s Gut Bacteria

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the home, they seem to appear out of nowhere. A piece of fruit is placed on the kitchen counter, and suddenly there’s a fruit fly. But the bug commonly referred to as a fruit… Read More