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Category: AGRICULTURE

From family farm to studying stone fruit, UF professor edits new pomegranate book

Growing up in Iran, Ali Sarkhosh worked on the family’s pomegranate farm, which has thrived for four generations. Later, at the University of Tehran, Sarkhosh wrote both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on pomegranate… Read More

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

Sliced avocado

Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens… Read More

Tune in to ‘Ag Tech Expo – the Future of Farming’ May 10-11

WHO: Experts from the University of Florida and agribusiness WHAT: The public and the media are invited to tune in to a two-day virtual meeting about the future of farming. To bring food to your… Read More

Graduate student sees the future of worldwide crop production in new cultivars  

By ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Martin Zapien scans long rows of tree canopies each morning and thinks about how the future of food production will advance with new citrus cultivars. All of the… Read More

Genetic testing shows some ‘Touch-Me-Not’ flowers resist deadly disease

BALM, Fla. – If you’re impatient for impatiens, a University of Florida scientist has good news for you: Some varieties of the popular flower resist the deadly downy mildew disease better than others. Many people… Read More

AI could reduce the amount farmers spray to control strawberry pest

Artificial intelligence that might use smartphone images could lead to more accurate, early detection of a pest that ruins strawberries, a $300 million dollar-a-year industry in Florida. University of Florida scientists have developed a smartphone… Read More

New educational presentations available to citrus growers

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Looking for news that you can use now to improve citrus grove management?  Six new presentations from UF/IFAS researchers are now available for viewing on the UF/IFAS Extension citrus… Read More

Federal grant funds UF/IFAS soil health and citrus study

By: Mike Loizzo A team of UF/IFAS researchers is looking into how changes in soil health impact citrus and other sub-tropical tree crops. Specifically, they will examine how quickly soil health can change in Florida’s… Read More

Using DNA, UF research shows which bats binge on crop pests

“Big bats binge bad bugs.” It’s a catchy, alliterative title, and it’s apropos for the latest research work by University of Florida scientist Holly Ober. All bats in the Southeast eat insects and feed at… Read More

IFAS Personnel Receive 2021 UF Superior Accomplishment Awards

Two UF/IFAS personnel are among the recipients of the 2021 UF Superior Accomplishment Awards. James Davison, an agricultural assistant at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra and Thomas James, a biological scientist… Read More