Category: Forests

Buyer Beware: Products Claiming ‘Mushroom of Immortality’ May Not Contain Species, UF Researchers Find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stroll the nutritional supplement aisle at your local drug store, and you might notice that some products are now featuring an ingredient you might expect to see growing on a tree or fallen log. Known… Read More

UF/IFAS Partners with USDA Forest Service to Get Kids In The Woods

By Kim Scotto   GAINESVILLE, Fla. –Is your child getting more ‘screen time’ than ‘green time’ this summer? Camp Kids in the Woods, a joint initiative between the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the USDA… Read More

UF/IFAS Natural Resources Faculty Earn National Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From forests to wetlands, rivers to coastline, Floridians and visitors enjoy the Sunshine State’s rich natural resources each day. Natural resources educators with the University of Florida have been nationally recognized for their work to… Read More

UF-led team of scientists outlines novel approach to save endangered tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With fewer than 1,000 of them left in the wild, the Florida torreya tree is on the path to extinction. But now scientists have a plan to save it. Last month, scientists from universities, conservation… Read More

UF/IFAS Learning Center Receives New Name

By Christy Chiarelli   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The learning center located in the UF/IFAS Austin Cary Forest was recently renamed the Roland T. Stern Learning Center. In late January, the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation hosted… Read More

Women in Ag: Raelene Crandall

By Kim Scotto   Dr. Raelene Crandall, assistant professor in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation, fondly remembers her first fire: a prescribed prairie burn during an undergraduate internship with the Nature Conservancy. It wasn’t just… Read More

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

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 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 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