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Category: Natural Resources

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling plant introduced to… Read More

Study: For monarch butterflies, plant variety is the spice of life

Monarch butterfly on flower

As monarch butterflies make their transcontinental migration this month across North America, they will depend on milkweed plants to produce the next generation of this iconic butterfly species, which has seen declines of more than 80% in its… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie Ellis of the… Read More

UF scientists show how long toxins produced by HABs of blue-green algae remain in the air

image- photochemical reactor - Dr. Myoseng Jang - students - HABs study on microcystin progression study

DAVIE, Fla. — Rivers, lakes, and ponds are recreational destinations for swimming, fishing, boating and more. When cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) form releasing toxins into these freshwater systems, there can be harmful impacts to all wildlife and… Read More

Florida Sea Grant, DOH launch outreach to help dog owners protect pets from becoming a blue-green algae fatality statistic

Some dogs love to swim in the water, and some may even take a bite from fish they locate floating on the water’s surface. The danger comes when dogs are exposed to waters with blue-green algae that are… Read More

Scientists, Florida Sea Grant specialist to share decade of research, post-Gulf oil spill

A decade after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant specialist will join other experts to summarize what they’ve learned about the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in a virtual town hall-type meeting. Monica Wilson, who’s… Read More

Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

A margay in Belize. Getty Images

Above: A margay, a type of small wild cat found in the rainforests of Belize. Getty Images If a poacher shoots a deer in the forest and no one sees it, did it really happen? That is not so… Read More

Some climate change questions answered as hurricane season peaks, wildfires rage

Wildfires out west? Check. Tropical storms or hurricanes hovering – seemingly everywhere? Check. Those are just two of the potentially catastrophic events caused in part by climate change, say University of Florida experts. “Our climate is changing and,… Read More

New food and resource economics researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

image- Dr. Trend Blare - TREC - Natural resource economics assistant professor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers.He worked directly with small growers to give them a competitive… Read More