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Category: Crops

Should your passion for pumpkins include the calabaza? UF/IFAS scientists laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, consumers

image - calabaza - cuban pumpkin from UF IFAS TREC research with Dr. Meru

? UF/IFAS scientists are laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, manufacturers and consumers that will unleash the powerful potential of the calabaza – a specialty pumpkin traditionally used in Caribbean, South and Central American dishes…. Read More

Florida-grown coffee? How UF scientists are using AI to serve up the possibilities

Coffee plants in the field

Most of the world’s coffee is grown in tropical regions. However, a changing climate could allow coffee to grow farther north — for example, in Florida. To understand how that might work, scientists with the… Read More

New white, red varieties from UF/IFAS featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

PLANT CITY, Fla. — If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for… Read More

UF/IFAS indigo field trials yield success as synthetic dyes lose appeal

image- indigo field trial 2019 at TREC

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have just completed a series of field trials designed to test the viability of growing the indigo plant that produces the iconic natural blue… Read More

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than… Read More

Hemp approval program now available from UF/IFAS

overview of industrial hemp trial

MEDIA CONTACT: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-242-8439, rodriguezl@ufl.edu UF/IFAS now has an active and permitted Clonally Propagated Hemp Cultivar Approval Program that is part of the Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Owners of industrial hemp genetics can now… Read More

New growth chamber facility on UF campus investment in Florida agriculture

A new plant science facility has opened on the main UF campus in Gainesville. The UF/IFAS Growth Chamber Facility will help faculty and students study how changes in climate may impact Florida agriculture. The facility… Read More

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