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UF/IFAS Extension Broward series promotes sustainability and community resilience through urban food production

BROWARD, Fla. — The supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 awakened a volume of interests from communities seeking ways to grow their own food. Throughout the pandemic, researchers, faculty, and extension agents at the University… Read More

After summer rains, look for this giant mushroom in backyards, parking lots

Summer is here in Florida, and that means one thing for fungi identification expert Matt Smith. “More mushrooms, and more questions about mushrooms,” said Smith, an associate professor of plant pathology at UF/IFAS. The rainy… Read More

Arborists can assess — in advance  — which trees are most likely to topple in a hurricane

Before severe weather hits, arborists with proper training and experience can accurately predict whether a tree will fall during a storm, a new study led by a University of Florida scientist shows. During a tropical… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith… Read More

Are you ‘positive’ you want to conserve water?

PLANT CITY, Fla. — As Americans collectively use billions of gallons of water each day, social scientists are taking a holistic approach to figure out what motivates people to save this precious commodity. For example,… Read More

Hands to harvest, food system challenges during COVID-19

With disruptions to our food system at nearly every level, food banks need community support. UF/IFAS Extension Lake County donated 64 pounds of fresh produce to the Lake Cares food pantry this week, with more… Read More

COVID-19 and food safety: Fact and fiction for food production and disinfection

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Consumers are being bombarded with tips for what to do with their groceries during the coronavirus crisis.  Leave them in the garage for three days? Wash the produce… Read More

COVID 19 response: Your grocery disinfection and food-safety questions answered

It’s a battle of facts vs. myths in the rush to get information to the public about how consumers can safely shop for groceries and handle food without too much stress during the coronavirus pandemic…. Read More

COVID-19 response: One person plants food gardens; Floridians get useful data from UF/IFAS; FAMU Extension

COVID-19 may take jobs away from people, but it can’t take away Tanya Murillo’s resilient spirit and her desire to grow vegetables in her yard. Murillo’s employer closed March 13 because of the coronavirus. So,… Read More