Category: Agriculture

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

Three Florida Sea Grant rapid-response projects target oil spill’s effects on Gulf

Caption at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Floridians brace for more crude oil on the state’s coasts, University of Florida researchers are racing to complete several newly funded projects that will help assess… Read More