Category: Conservation

UF-led team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which… Read More

UF to tackle water issues, challenges at annual symposium on Feb. 6, 7

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Water—how much we have, its quality and how we use it – is the one issue that touches every Florida resident and community. Scientists from North America will gather at the University of Florida to… Read More

UF study: Mosquitoes can lead researchers to elusive Burmese Python

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Burmese pythons may be big and scary, but they are hard to find. Now, researchers can enlist the aid of mosquitoes to find the invasive snake in south Florida, according to a study by a… Read More

UF students win grants for projects that aid farmers in developing countries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences were awarded seven grants for projects that help farmers in developing countries address horticultural marketing and production. The University of Florida is… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher: experimental crop bed design survived Hurricane Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While producers and growers across Florida lost some, if not all, of their crops due to Hurricane Irma, a University of Florida researcher saw his experimental bedding survive the storm. “We were testing for flooding,… Read More

Squirrel Appreciation Day is Jan. 21: Here are six reasons to start loving these nutty critters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. But, while sometimes inconvenient for humans, this oft-labeled “nuisance” animal has… Read More

UF gets $8.7 million grant to improve nutritional quality and food safety in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) announces an $8.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over five years to fund research aimed at tackling global hunger… Read More

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