Category: Natural Resources

June 1 is World Reef Awareness Day, Citizen Scientists See the Habitats’ Importance First-Hand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Worldwide, coral reefs comprise less than 1% of the ocean floor, and yet they provide habitat for around 25% of the world’s marine fish species. Corals are also sensitive living organisms threatened by diseases, temperature… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Coastal Communities Prepare for Post-Disaster Redevelopment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the 2019 hurricane season practically here, the University of Florida is poised to help Manatee County and several cities in the Tampa Bay region update their post-disaster redevelopment plans. That means helping communities know… Read More

Stormwater Ponds May Harbor Invasive Plants, UF/IFAS Research Finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stormwater ponds are prevalent throughout Florida’s urban and residential landscapes, but University of Florida researchers are looking into whether these engineered ecosystems support the spread of invasive plant species. An ongoing UF Institute of Food… Read More

Battling Invasive Plants Good Investment, but More Funding Needed, Study Finds

For decades, Florida communities have battled invasive plants on land and water. These plants disrupt native ecosystems and livelihoods, and more arrive each year. Now a new study from the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy shows… Read More

UF Scientists Test Vaccine for Disease that Affects Deer

University of Florida scientists are working with deer farmers to test a new vaccine that could help prevent a deadly disease in deer. The disease, called epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, does not affect humans, but is the… Read More

UF/IFAS Urges Permeable Pavement to Help Reduce Pollutants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Instead of rain bouncing off pavement and carrying nutrients down to a drain or retention pond, some pavement actually absorbs water. It’s called permeable pavement, and it minimizes pollutants such as nitrogen from getting into… Read More

May is American Wetlands Month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With 20% of the nation’s wetlands, Florida is a prime location to observe American Wetlands Month. As Peter Frederick, a University of Florida research professor, puts it: “You don’t have to go very far in… Read More

Hurricane Michael continues to hamper Georgia, Florida agriculture

By Adam N. Rabinowitz and Christa Court On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a Category 5 hurricane, with peak, sustained winds estimated at 160 mph. It was the strongest hurricane on… Read More

Christy Chiarelli Named Director of Wedgworth Leadership Institute

Christy Chiarelli has been a part of the agricultural community for as long as she can remember. Whether she was helping out on her grandfather’s farm or participating in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, she wasn’t afraid… Read More

UF/IFAS Agricultural Engineering Professor Named Director of Florida Climate Institute

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida agricultural engineer who uses crop models to help farmers adapt to warmer, more erratic weather, will unite scientists to better deal with the impacts of an increasingly changing climate. Senthold Asseng… Read More