Category: Crops

UF technique to help pine forests adapt to climate change, bioenergy use

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A breakthrough in pine tree breeding will lead to forests better adapted to climate change and bioenergy use, University of Florida researchers report. The improved forests will… Read More

To develop pine-based biofuels, UF research team receives $6.3 million federal grant

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. A University of Florida-led research team has won a three-year, $6.3 million grant to develop genetically improved loblolly pine trees that yield greater amounts of terpene biofuels for transportation fuels…. Read More

UF researchers use acoustic tools to detect underground insects that attack grapes

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are finding new ways to thwart crop-devouring pests — by being good listeners. High-tech acoustic equipment makes it possible for them to… Read More

University of Florida-led teams awarded $6.9 million for climate change projects

Two University of Florida-led teams have been awarded federal grants totaling $6.9 million for projects to develop heat-resistant corn and develop extension programs to help farmers cope with climate variability and climate change. The grants, for $5 million… Read More

Papaya plants reduce the need for pesticides on tomatoes in Florida, new UF study finds

Cutline at bottom. Click here for a high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whiteflies can be biologically controlled in Florida greenhouse tomatoes, according to a new University of Florida study, which helps reduce the need for pesticide applications. Biological… Read More

Pomegranates could become new cash crop for Florida, UF researcher says

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Supplies of a nutritious and popular fruit could increase in Florida in the next few years, thanks to the research of a University of Florida professor emeritus…. Read More

UF researchers develop method to remove phosphate from water, using biochar

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phosphate poses one of Florida’s ongoing water-quality challenges but a process developed by University of Florida researchers could provide an affordable solution, using partially burned organic matter… Read More

UF: Insecticide resistance developing in psyllid that carries citrus disease

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida’s war against citrus greening, producers face a new threat — the insects they’re fighting are becoming less sensitive to insecticides, according to a new… Read More