Category: Crops

$20 million federal grant has hidden benefit for UF-led pine group, two other funded projects

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida formally accepted a $20 million federal grant last week on behalf of a consortium working to improve southern pine management; now it seems there’s a hidden benefit to the grant—the UF-led… Read More

UF-led consortium garners $20 million grant to improve pine forest management

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pine trees are one of the most important crops in the southeastern U.S., and a consortium led by University of Florida personnel has been awarded a five-year,… Read More

Fogging, misting systems can protect ornamental plants from cold, UF experts say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. Florida winters are mild by human standards, but don’t tell that to an aglaonema, sometimes called Chinese evergreen. The Sunshine State produces two-thirds of the nation’s ornamental foliage plants, many… Read More

Artificial sweetener could help soybean plants resist rust disease, UF researchers say

Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say. If… Read More