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UF/IFAS, FDACS seek help in spreading the word on COVID-19 testing to Florida agricultural workers

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension (UF/IFAS) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) encourage as many agricultural workers as possible to be tested for COVID-19. Farmworkers will… Read More

USDA-NIFA Awards UF/IFAS Faculty with National Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Nov. 4, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food… Read More

University of Florida graduate students to host three free electronic field trips

By Jarred Shellhouse Agricultural education and communication graduate students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are hosting a free electronic field trip series for middle and high school students in Florida and… Read More

Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

Researcher collects insect samples off of a deer.

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is… Read More

Sensory lab helps UF/IFAS breeders know which fruits, veggies taste, smell best

Not long ago, about 200 consumer panelists went to the University of Florida Sensory Testing Lab to taste a new blueberry developed by UF/IFAS scientists. Turns out, they liked the flavor of the ‘Sentinel’ blueberry,… Read More

New blueberry variety honors benefactor and UF alumnus Alto Straughn

When Patricio Muñoz developed the University of Florida’s newest blueberry variety, he wanted to name the fruit in honor of Alto Straughn, a longtime, strong supporter of UF’s blueberry breeding program. “A ‘sentinel’ is a… Read More

Could the Miracle Fruit be for South Florida? New study uncovers data showing how bountiful it can grow in the subtropics

image - miracle fruit research at Tropical Research and Education Center

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Scientists at University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have unlocked the mystery behind a highly sought-after berry known as the miracle fruit in a study published this week. This news… Read More

Study: Microbes escape wildland fires on smoke particle ‘life rafts’

Prescribed fire at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and also lots of microorganisms, according to a new study from the University of Florida. For the first time, researchers have measured the number of microbes in smoke from… Read More

UF Environmental Horticulture Club hosts 24th annual Poinsettia Sale

Red poinsettias during the annual Poinsettia Sale

By Teresa Suits 2020 has been a year filled with “unprecedented times,” making it more important than ever to spread holiday cheer this winter season while also supporting students in the UF Environmental Horticulture Club…. Read More

New study on mercury contamination has global implications for wildlife conservation

great egret walking through the water

Ecologists have long known that mercury contamination reduced the number of viable offspring animals produce. Now, new research indicates that mercury may also make animals less likely to mate in the first place, suggesting that… Read More