Category: UF/IFAS Extension

UF/IFAS researchers earn $11M in federal grants to study specialty crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will work to improve avocado production, develop turfgrass with improved drought responses and combat a bacterial disease riddling tomatoes, working with $11 million in recently awarded federal… Read More

UF/IFAS helping teachers with creative biology lessons

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Need a creative way to teach students about Florida’s ecosystems?  How about tracking the journey of an invasive plant or putting together a puzzle of freshwater plants?  The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and… Read More

Strategies to keep pollutants out of your neighborhood storm water pond

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many people live in subdivisions with storm water ponds, which collect water from the neighborhood and help keep pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides and pet waste from getting into the broader environment. Now, UF/IFAS researchers… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Most homeowners can’t properly assess damage to their trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The next time a storm tears up your yard, let an expert assess the damage to any trees. A study from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences shows that homeowners perceive… Read More

UF/IFAS helping to train the next generation of farm labor supervisors

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — University of Florida Agricultural Economist Fritz Roka is putting into action the adage “When you know better, you do better.” Roka and his team from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are leading training… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Although it’s a niche market, guava can be profitable

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Asian guava orchards can bring nine times the profit as mango and avocado, all staples of South Florida’s agricultural sector, a new University of Florida study shows. But Edward “Gilly” Evans,… Read More