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Category: AGRICULTURE

Zika-infected mosquitoes harboring insecticide-resistance, UF/IFAS study shows

image of Aedes mosquitos going through frozen blood feeding

Mosquitoes that can spread the Zika virus are showing resistance to insecticides, according to the latest study published by UF/IFAS scientists at the Florida Medical Entomology Lab. To date, only two other studies have explored the… Read More

University of Florida researchers discover new way to potentially control citrus greening

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, FLA–   University of Florida researchers have discovered another key resource in their ongoing pursuit to find solutions to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease. The discovery brings the potential… Read More

How UF scientists are predicting the future of the Suwannee River Basin

Aerial view of Suwannee River

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Like so much of Florida, the Suwannee River Estuary is changing, with shifts in land- and water-use reshaping the area’s environment and economy in the next several decades.[/inlinetweet] But before that future… 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

UV system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the… Read More

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

image - formossan, west indian drywood and asian subterranean termites

Termite Awareness Week 2021 takes place March 7-13 Some people mistakenly think termites are only busy during this time of the year. UF/IFAS researchers in Davie, Florida, show us otherwise. While termites are often noticed… 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 research finds genetic markers for cattle health, growth

By DeLene Beeland New University of Florida research findings could improve cattle breeding by giving ranchers desirable traits such as faster animal growth and greater resistance against disease. In their study, researchers uncovered links between… 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