Category: UF/IFAS Research

UF scientists: Precision agriculture could help feed hungry planet in the future

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As we begin 2018, there are more than 7.4 billion people on planet Earth. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 9.8 billion. With so many more people to feed, plus the uncertainties of… Read More

UF study questions existence of rule relating animal size and temperature

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences doctoral student’s study turns a long-accepted scientific rule on its head. The study found that animals are unlikely to change in size as the climate… Read More

UF gets $8.7 million grant to improve nutritional quality and food safety in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) announces an $8.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over five years to fund research aimed at tackling global hunger… Read More

Solutions to citrus greening top 10 2017 UF/IFAS stories

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – From lobsters to oranges, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences embraced stories of resilience and change during 2017. The top 10 stories for UF/IFAS during 2017 include finding ways to manage… Read More

UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida plant scientist, who has created varieties of sugarcane that are grown across more than 90 percent of Florida and in several Central American countries, has been given a national award for… Read More

UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries… Read More

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