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Researchers across the U.S. to Host Webinar about COVID-19 Disruptions to Food Supply Chains

Gloved hand holding an apple in a grocery store

Photo credit: iStock.com/Artist’s Member Name/VLG By Anissa Zagonel A multi-region, multi-institution research and outreach team investigating the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems will host a free webinar those engaged in the food… Read More

Global gardeners help UF tomato breeding program; will send growth, flavor data to lab

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across… Read More

UF researchers develop corn that can weather warming planet

Corn on a laboratory table

Climate change will affect many agricultural crops, and field corn is likely no exception. Field corn, the starchy cousin of sweet corn, is a globally important cereal grain used in livestock feed and other products…. Read More

What’s in store for 2021? UF/IFAS experts predict food and garden trends

Food and garden trends

No one could have predicted the kind of year 2020 has been. But in late 2019, when UF/IFAS experts were asked to predict the top food and garden trends for the coming year, they made… Read More

UF/IFAS joins effort to battle farmer, rancher stress

Stressed farmer

The stress level in rural communities is off the charts. Farm and ranch closures, land forfeitures, labor issues and more contribute, and according to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read More

White strawberry one of two new UF/IFAS varieties ready for harvest season

white strawberries in green basket

BALM, Fla. — A white strawberry? Not red? Yes, you “read” that right. And it smells a little like a pineapple. It’s also novel in that it’s the first white strawberry to go to market… Read More

New blueberry variety honors benefactor and UF alumnus Alto Straughn

When Patricio Muñoz developed the University of Florida’s newest blueberry variety, he wanted to name the fruit in honor of Alto Straughn, a longtime, strong supporter of UF’s blueberry breeding program. “A ‘sentinel’ is a… Read More