Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural… Read More

Food Safety Questions You’ve Had at a Barbeque but Were Too Afraid to Ask

Whether you’re hosting or attending a barbecue this summer, avoid bringing foodborne illness to the party, says a University of Florida food safety expert. “You might have a good system for keeping food safe when you’re cooking at… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Assess, Manage New Fruit Bug

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already trying to help growers figure out how to effectively manage the problems created by an invasive pest  – confirmed last week… Read More

UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC to Benefit from Water Boost

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thanks to the collective efforts of Tampa Electric Company and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, researchers at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) now have significantly more water with which to… Read More

More Nitrogen in Mosquito Diet Reduces Its Ability to Transmit Zika

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feed mosquitoes more nitrogen when they’re young, and the adults are less likely to transmit the Zika virus, University of Florida scientists say. Now, researchers want to know why, and they’re determined to discover how… Read More

Industrial hemp growing in Florida for first time in decades: University of Florida pilot project plants seeds for new Florida crop

By Ruth Borger The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) industrial hemp pilot project has passed a critical milestone towards understanding the potential of growing hemp throughout Florida. Hemp plants have been planted at… Read More

Pressure Cooker Class Shows How to Make the Most of Popular Device

By now, you’ve probably heard someone rave about their electric pressure cooker. Able to cook food more quickly than other kitchen appliances, these devices have recently surged in popularity. Sarah Ellis noticed the enthusiasm for the devices when… Read More

UF Faculty Member and Alumna to Lead National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lara Milligan attended her first Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) Conference in 2012 shortly after she began her position as natural resources agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. The connection… Read More

UF Researchers to Study Integrated Approaches to Protect Young Citrus Trees from Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While citrus growers continue to look for best management approaches to deal with the deadly greening disease, some scientists at the University of Florida will take an integrated look at how to protect young trees,… Read More