Category: Agribusiness

UF/IFAS Experts: Skip the Roses and Go Straight for the Orchids on Mother’s Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s better than roses on Mother’s day? Orchids, which are easier to take care of and can last for years, according to University of Florida experts. Wagner Vendrame, a professor of environmental horticulture at the… Read More

UF Leads Trend to Open Food Businesses with Workshops

FELLSMERE, Fla. – Kimberly and George Vecchio wanted to reinvent their 20-acre farm near Vero Beach from mostly animals to produce so they could start a food business. Though George had been a gourmet chef for more than… Read More

UF Joins New Center to Create Fuel from Plants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida is one of 17 institutions partnering with the University of Illinois in the $115-million Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). Researchers will work to develop efficient ways to grow,… Read More

UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher: experimental crop bed design survived Hurricane Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While producers and growers across Florida lost some, if not all, of their crops due to Hurricane Irma, a University of Florida researcher saw his experimental bedding survive the storm. “We were testing for flooding,… Read More

UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries… Read More

Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

By Ricky Telg The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to… Read More

UF, Invasive Species Centre draw international crowd to invasive pests conference

Media Contact: Deborah Sparks, 705-255-8301, dsparks@invasivespeciescentre.ca GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from around the world will gather at what many consider to be a perfect storm for invasive aquatic plants. With 28 ports of entry and a tropical environment,… Read More

UF/IFAS-led team wins national award for research on heat-tolerant field corn

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Field corn is one of the world’s most important cereal grains, and efforts to develop new heat-tolerant varieties of this crop have earned national recognition for a scientific team led by University… Read More

UF professors to lead $15 million grant project to turn seed into jet fuel

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With help from University of Florida researchers, pilots will—in the future—fly jets with fuel made from a tiny seed grown in the Southeast. Besides helping the environment and boosting the economy as a source of… Read More