Category: UF/IFAS Research

UF study: Bird evolves to keep up with invasive prey

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The federally endangered bird, the snail kite, was faced with an interesting dilemma: The island apple snail was good to eat, but about two to five times bigger than the native snail that the bird… Read More

UF researchers to use $10 million grant to determine red snapper population

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will be part of a $10 million project to estimate the number of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,… Read More

Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

By Ricky Telg The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS student places first in international graduate student competition

APOPKA, Fla. – Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF partners with international organization to combat food insecurity in Africa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Florida and a leading Africa-based international research institute are bringing their scientists together to speed the science of fighting hunger, poverty, and pollution. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

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, Invasive Species Centre draw international crowd to invasive pests conference

Media Contact: Deborah Sparks, 705-255-8301, dsparks@invasivespeciescentre.ca GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from around the world will gather at what many consider to be a perfect storm for invasive aquatic plants. With 28 ports of entry and a tropical environment,… Read More

UF/IFAS-led team wins national award for research on heat-tolerant field corn

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Field corn is one of the world’s most important cereal grains, and efforts to develop new heat-tolerant varieties of this crop have earned national recognition for a scientific team led by University… Read More