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Category: Forests

The early bird gets…the truffle? UF researchers show birds hunt for the fungi, too

Truffles

Scientists used to think that only mammals sought out truffles, but a new study shows that birds also pursue these underground fungi. The researchers collected the feces of two common ground-dwelling bird species in Patagonia… Read More

Longleaf pine seedlings are highly resistant and resilient to fire  

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain, but only 3% of this forest type remains today. Restoring longleaf pine forests is an important regional management goal. Two ways land managers restore the ecology of this forest type are by planting longleaf pine seedlings and… Read More

Research at the DeLuca Preserve gets a jump start

DeLuca Preserve, path through wooded area

Scientists will conduct research at the 27,000-acre DeLuca Preserve with more than $600,000 in funding awarded to UF/IFAS faculty to study complex issues. Eight research projects received funding to begin research on the property. Projects… Read More

UF-led team receives Keck grant to study fungal infections spread by wildfire smoke

A multidisciplinary team of scientists will study how wildfire smoke spreads fungi that can affect human health, using artificial intelligence to predict future threats This will be the first study of its kind in a… Read More

You can have it ‘made in the shade’ by planting more diverse trees

When we plant the same trees over and over again, we create urban forests that are vulnerable to being wiped out by invading pests and diseases, a University of Florida researcher says. Deb Hilbert wants… Read More

Global team of wildlife researchers furthers study of elusive, tree-dwelling animals

L’Hoest’s Monkey, also called mountain monkey, in the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society - Rwanda Program

Camera traps have long been used to document animals in their natural environment. More recently, scientists have explored putting these traps up in trees where they can capture animals that live in the canopy. A… Read More

New scholarship announced for UF students studying forestry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences is honored to announce a new scholarship endowment, the Jon and Carol Gould Family Endowed Forestry Scholarship. This generous endowment will support rising… Read More

UF-led study connects Florida to the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory

A new University of Florida-led study established a Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) research plot at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station within a longleaf pine forest. These forests are a focus of restoration efforts because longleaf pine once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain but only 3% of this forest type remains today. ForestGEO is… Read More