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Category: Pests & Disease

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to print 54,000 pages… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologists give reason to celebrate rice in Florida

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Rice, a global grain consumed by more than half the world’s population, totes unique versatility unlike other grains throughout history. Each country and culture has made the grain its own as center of the… Read More

Two UF/IFAS professors named 2020-21 Fulbright Scholars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is pleased to announce that Jiri Hulcr and Andrea Lucky have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards in Research and Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of… Read More

UF researchers ask, ‘What if oncologists thought like ecologists?’

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Above: Like ants in a colony, cancer cells must communicate with each other to survive. Getty Images What do wildlife and cancer cells have in common? Quite a lot, argues a new article authored by University of Florida… Read More

University of Florida partners on $26M grant to produce more crops with less water and energy

Above: The University of Florida Phenogator, an example of the technology that will be utilized at UF as part of the IoT4Ag Center. The Phenogator is a multi-purpose vehicle that uses sensors in combination with highly accurate GPS… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist named fellow of American Phytopathological Society

Working at her lab and fields at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Natalia Peres diagnoses and helps manage diseases that might otherwise ruin strawberries, a $300 million per year crop in Florida. In her efforts… Read More

Celebrating avocados July 31st? UF/IFAS researchers making great strides on saving the Florida avocado industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31st, UF/IFAS scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt. Detected in Georgia in 2002,… Read More

Scientists to study crippling tomato disease to lay groundwork for prevention

A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers try to reduce fruit drop, increase yield in Valencia, Hamlin oranges

UF/IFAS citrus scientists Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez are trying to reduce the amount of fruit that drops from Hamlin and Valencia trees prior to harvest. If fruit drops, growers can’t harvest it, and that leads to losses… Read More