Category: UF/IFAS Research

UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their… Read More

UF marks National Invasive Species Week from Feb. 26 to March 2

UF highlights battles against pests during National Invasive Species Awareness Week GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida agriculture loses an estimated $179 million annually to invasive species. This comes as no surprise to researchers with the University of Florida Institute… Read More

UF-led team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which… Read More

A glass of OJ may soon come from citrus-greening tolerant fruit

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some people like to wake up and drink a glass of fresh Florida orange juice. With the greening disease ravaging Florida’s citrus industry, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want to… Read More

UF to tackle water issues, challenges at annual symposium on Feb. 6, 7

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Water—how much we have, its quality and how we use it – is the one issue that touches every Florida resident and community. Scientists from North America will gather at the University of Florida to… Read More

UF study: Mosquitoes can lead researchers to elusive Burmese Python

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Burmese pythons may be big and scary, but they are hard to find. Now, researchers can enlist the aid of mosquitoes to find the invasive snake in south Florida, according to a study by a… Read More

UF students win grants for projects that aid farmers in developing countries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences were awarded seven grants for projects that help farmers in developing countries address horticultural marketing and production. The University of Florida is… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher: experimental crop bed design survived Hurricane Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While producers and growers across Florida lost some, if not all, of their crops due to Hurricane Irma, a University of Florida researcher saw his experimental bedding survive the storm. “We were testing for flooding,… Read More

Root biologist joins UF fight against citrus greening

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.— An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s… Read More

Squirrel Appreciation Day is Jan. 21: Here are six reasons to start loving these nutty critters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. But, while sometimes inconvenient for humans, this oft-labeled “nuisance” animal has… Read More