Category: Natural Resources

UF offers free invasive plants tool kit for teachers nationwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science and agriculture teachers across the nation now have a new tool to teach students about invasive plants, thanks to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Invasive… 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 professor: Drought, free electricity ravaging India’s groundwater supply

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A professor with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hopes to use his research on water conservation to help farmers in India. In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India… Read More

Hurricane Irma Update: Lara Milligan, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County – Sept. 15

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Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources (PCR) department manages more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves enjoyed by more than 17 million visitors annually. When Hurricane Irma struck, PCR worked fast to have these valuable resources operational… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension helps Florida homeowners test well water after hurricane

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida IFAS Extension has teamed up with Virginia Tech to offer free bacteria testing for well users affected by Hurricane Irma. So far, five counties—Lee, Pasco, Marion, Sarasota and Clay—are participating. UF/IFAS… Read More

UF professors to lead $15 million grant project to turn seed into jet fuel

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With help from University of Florida researchers, pilots will—in the future—fly jets with fuel made from a tiny seed grown in the Southeast. Besides helping the environment and boosting the economy as a source of… Read More

UF students, faculty among hundreds who replanted blueberry bushes damaged by storm

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DADE CITY, Fla. — More than 200 volunteers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the community gathered on a hot, windy Saturday to replant thousands of blueberry bushes at Pasco County’s Frogmore… Read More