Category: Natural Resources

Artificial sweetener could help soybean plants resist rust disease, UF researchers say

Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say. If… Read More

UF/IFAS, Buckeye break ground for biorefinery pilot plant in Perry, Fla.

Click here for full image. Caption at end of story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy set a goal that, by 2030, a third of the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels would be replaced… Read More

UF study: Invasive snail may damage diet of rare Everglades bird

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Invasive animals often wreak havoc with their feeding habits; however, University of Florida researchers say a huge South American snail is causing problems when it’s the… Read More