Category: UF/IFAS

UF Study: Snail Kites Must Do More Than Move to Thrive

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among its many useful traits, the federally endangered snail kite helps wildlife managers gauge whether the Florida Everglades has sufficient water. That’s one reason University of Florida scientists closely monitor the birds’ activity – and… Read More

UF/IFAS Research Shows Rootstock Influences Metabolism in Sugar Belle® Citrus; Findings Suggest Rootstock Choice May Be One Key to Optimizing Yields and Tree Health

By Tom Nordlie ____________________________ GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers recognize the Sugar Belle® mandarin hybrid for its tolerance of citrus greening disease, and new findings from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggest… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers search for solutions to citrus diseases with Citrus Initiative funds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From nutritional supplements to managing irrigation to grower outreach and education, UF/IFAS researchers are finding additional ways to support Florida citrus growers in their fight against citrus greening disease. Twelve projects were funded by the… Read More

Early Findings Show Plant Hormone May Help in Citrus Greening Fight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists think a group of hormones may eventually help growers battle citrus greening, but they still want to study them before recommending growers use the chemical. Fernando Alferez, an assistant professor of… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts Suggest Varieties for Irma-Damaged Citrus Replanting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As growers decide how to use USDA funding to recover from damages caused by Hurricane Irma – and as they cope with the lingering impact of citrus greening — University of Florida researchers are suggesting… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Give Nutrient Recommendations for Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Florida citrus growers look to recover from the damages of Hurricane Irma and continue to cope with citrus greening, University of Florida scientists suggest using a complete and balanced nutrient program in their groves…. Read More

SmartPath Technology to Lead to Smart Farm Irrigation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By testing new technology, University of Florida scientists will work with  growers to encourage their use of alternatives to fresh water by using new smart irrigation systems. This way, growers can lower their risk of… Read More

National Avocado Day a Reminder of the Fruit’s Popularity

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pass the guacamole: July 31 is National Avocado Day, a good time to celebrate the traits of another delicious, nutrient-packed food and Florida crop, say University of Florida experts. While some people simply love the… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of… Read More