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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

Blue-green algal blooms polluting your ponds? UF/IFAS scientists empower communities with resources

blue green algae

For decades, stormwater ponds have served master-planned communities and commerce parks with environmental and aesthetic benefits. In some cases, these same stormwater ponds, have developed excessive amounts of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, blooming… Read More

University of Florida awarded key federal grants to continue fight against citrus greening

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida researchers hope to discover new methods to help citrus growers fight the deadly citrus greening (or Huanglongbing) disease with cost effective, long-term sustainable treatments with… Read More

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the alert, telling a citrus grower it’s time to spray fungicide to help prevent fruit from falling off the tree. When the brand-new fruit falls off a citrus… Read More

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re… Read More

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling… Read More