Category: UF/IFAS Research

UF researcher offers Floridians tips for surviving country’s worst drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any… Read More

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

By: Ellison Langford; Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And, a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

UF study helps save revenue, farms from wireworms

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Scientists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are helping state growers save money by managing wireworms in their sweet potato farms. Wireworms became a problem in Florida after sweet… Read More

UF faculty publish book on innovate ways to manage essential nutrients in soils

Beets in Soil

FORT PIERCE, Fla.—A University of Florida professor and two colleagues have published a book in which the three scientists impart some of the world’s most innovative techniques for managing an essential nutrient in food production soils. With the… Read More

The problem expands for avocado growers: More beetle species carry deadly fungus

Please see caption at end of story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida…. Read More

Nutrients are nice, but produce better pass the taste test

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck, according to University of… Read More

Bumblebees boost blueberry yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. The news also… Read More

Male jumping spiders court whomever, whenever; females decide who lives, dies

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Male jumping spiders will try to mate with any female, but that lack of discretion could cost them their lives, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a… Read More