Category: Natural Resources

UF study: Bird evolves to keep up with invasive prey

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The federally endangered bird, the snail kite, was faced with an interesting dilemma: The island apple snail was good to eat, but about two to five times bigger than the native snail that the bird… Read More

UF researchers to use $10 million grant to determine red snapper population

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will be part of a $10 million project to estimate the number of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,… Read More

Kids explore a sea turtle’s world in new children’s book by UF faculty

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida educator Maia McGuire has at least one tried-and-true way to get kids interested in science: big, recognizableanimals that spark a child’s imagination and curiosity. McGuire, a Florida Sea Grant agent with the… Read More

Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

By Ricky Telg The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF/IFAS program inspires Flagler County students’ green initiative

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Flagler County School District officially switched  to lunch trays made of recycled paper, thanks to the efforts of students, teachers and a University of Florida pollution awareness program. According to organizers, the transition to… Read More

UF partners with international organization to combat food insecurity in Africa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Florida and a leading Africa-based international research institute are bringing their scientists together to speed the science of fighting hunger, poverty, and pollution. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

UF offers free invasive plants tool kit for teachers nationwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science and agriculture teachers across the nation now have a new tool to teach students about invasive plants, thanks to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Invasive… Read More

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

UF study: Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees… Read More