Category: Crops

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

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To beat summer heat, winter cold and other harsh environmental conditions, many insects temporarily drop into a state similar to hibernation to conserve energy and reduce… Read More

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert… Read More