Category: Conservation

New UF-Led Study Finds Bacterial Similarities Among Diseased Coral Species

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 2014, an unprecedented disease outbreak affecting the soft tissue of many species of stony coral was first detected in Florida. Since then, stony coral tissue loss disease has been identified in… Read More

UF Experts Lead the Charge with Microplastic Awareness Month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The presentation to the high school students always starts with the same question: How many of you have heard of microplastic pollution? Abbey Tyrna, a University of Florida/IFAS Extension water resources agent in Sarasota County,… Read More

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College… Read More

National Honey Bee Day: 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Honey Bees

These days, it seems like everyone is interested in bees — in part, due to honey bees’ vital role in growing our food, as well as reports of their declining numbers. Even as the public’s fascination with honey… Read More

Trees Transplanted on Florida’s Highways Survive, Provide Motorists’ Benefits

Trees not only beautify highways, they can calm motorists down, says a University of Florida scientist. Furthermore, according to new UF research, the trees planted along Florida’s highways survive remarkably well, even after a period scientists call “transplant… Read More

UF/IFAS Abuzz with Excitement for Upcoming Bee College Events in Gainesville

Experienced beekeepers, aspiring novices and people simply curious about honey bees will all find plenty of sweet educational opportunities at the 2019 University of Florida Bee College, coming August 5-6 and 8-9. Bee College is Florida’s premier beekeeping… Read More

Climate Change Will Mean Mass Movement of Wildlife — How Scientists Say We Can Prepare

When polar bears began showing up in Russian Siberia this year, experts suggested climate change may be a cause. Higher temperatures were melting ice in the Arctic, which polar bears rely on to hunt. The hungry bears had… Read More

UF Faculty Member and Alumna to Lead National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lara Milligan attended her first Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) Conference in 2012 shortly after she began her position as natural resources agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. The connection… 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