Category: Forests

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

UF study: Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension critical resource for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before, during and after Hurricane Irma, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension faculty and staff worked tirelessly to help Floridians impacted by the storm. From assessing damage, to rallying volunteers and… 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

Don’t get burned: Tips for protecting your home from wildfires during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As communities in Florida face a record drought, many residents have been waking up to the smell of smoke from nearby wildfires. And some may even face blazes in their own backyards. “Those most at… Read More

UF study: Protecting one species may help others survive

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can protecting the habitat of a single species ensure the survival of co-occurring wildlife? A study by one University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher suggests it may work for certain ecosystems…. Read More