Category: UF/IFAS Research

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease. Ozgur Batuman,… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientist to Work with Team Developing New Greening-Tolerant Citrus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Nian Wang pieces together sequences of genes, he hopes to make citrus varieties that are more tolerant to the deadly disease known as greening, which has devastated a multibillion dollar-a-year industry in Florida. Wang,… Read More

New ‘Marathon’ Mandarin Gives Growers Advantages

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Commercial citrus growers will soon see a new seedless mandarin variety that stays on the tree longer, two traits farmers seek, say University of Florida scientists. ‘Marathon,’ an early season mandarin, is also easy to… Read More

UF/IFAS Researcher: Arbor Day a Great Way to Remember Importance of Trees

ORLANDO, Fla. – With Florida’s Arbor Day on Jan. 18, more local municipalities are looking for ways to recognize the importance of trees in urban areas. Orlando has a tree giveaway program, while Tampa is currently working to… Read More

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the… Read More

UF/IFAS Plant Camp applications available from Dec. 12 to Feb. 17

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Teachers, it’s that time of year again. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will have applications for its popular and free 2019 Plant Camp. Applications will be accepted from Dec. 12… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use when he participated… Read More

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

UF Student Helps Design Corn Maze at Local Farm

By Kim Scotto PLANT CITY, Fla. – Farmers and ranchers across Florida are fighting lack of consumer education on food systems by opening their properties to the public in a practice called agritourism. Agritourism allows non-farming folks to… Read More