Category: Conservation

No flowers? No problem. UF study shows bees have other ways of finding sugar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s a bee to do when there are very few flowers available and it needs a sugar fix? Wild bees may be responding to climate change and urban expansion by relying on insects to get… Read More

UF researcher: Nearly $1 million grant will help struggling blue crab industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National… Read More

Former UF professor, director wins national award for philanthropy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wayne Smith, a longtime supporter of the University of Florida and professor emeritus, has been awarded the Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist award by the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association. The award recognizes an… Read More

Air Potato Patrol mobilizes public in recon of problem plant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture… Read More

Free air potato beetles available to St. Lucie County and Treasure Coast residents with invasive plant

Who:    UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in partnership with the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center will host a free air potato beetle give away for residents who have the invasive air potato vine on their properties… Read More

New UF center updating research on Southeastern agricultural health and safety

By Ricky Telg GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is… Read More

UF Extension fights for wildlife during National Clean Beaches Week

By Rebecca Burton GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While Florida is known for its pristine beaches, endangered species still rely on residents and visitors to keep their habitat clean. In celebration of National Clean Beaches Week (July 1-7), University of… Read More

Get to know local flora, fauna and history at next Seahorse Key open house, July 8

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Families who missed the last Seahorse Key open house have another chance to encounter history, wildlife and more on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will get to see aquarium critters, tour… Read More