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Category: UF/IFAS Research

Deepwater Horizon disaster restructured food web in the Gulf, study finds

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster unleashed more than 3 million barrels of crude oil into the northern Gulf of Mexico in 2010, many wondered how it would affect the area’s marine life. Early on, scientists predicted the oil… Read More

Vertical farms could produce hundreds of times more wheat, study finds

What would happen if we grew wheat not on acres of land but in multistory structures that look like office buildings? The answer: yields as much as 600 times greater than those of traditional farming methods, according to… Read More

Celebrating avocados July 31st? UF/IFAS researchers making great strides on saving the Florida avocado industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31st, UF/IFAS scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt. Detected in Georgia in 2002,… Read More

New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More

UF/IFAS scientist discovers parasite introduced by invasive pythons is threatening Florida’s native snakes

DAVIE, FL. – In Florida, native snakes play an important role in the environment that we live and enjoy. Now that role is being threatened by invasive Burmese pythons introducing a non-native lung parasite to nearly half of… Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Lynn Bailey, groundbreaking researcher for folic acid intake

Dr. Lynn Bailey joined the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty in 1977. Over the course of more than 30 years, Dr. Bailey became internationally recognized for her research related to the role of the vitamin folic… Read More

Genetic study of Arabian horses challenges some common beliefs about the ancient breed

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A study involving Arabian horses from 12 countries found that some populations maintained a larger degree of genetic diversity and that the breed did not contribute genetically to the modern-day Thoroughbred, contrary to popular thought…. Read More

UF/IFAS supports faculty teams to develop emerging enterprises in Florida

A new UF/IFAS grant program provides over $1 million in funding to further research and education of emerging agricultural enterprises in Florida. This expands traditional crop research to include other enterprises like deer farming, oyster farming and more…. Read More