UF Hosts International Forest Health Expert

By Kim Scotto GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world is more interconnected than ever. Globalization allows for vast economic growth and development. However, there can be unintended consequences – the introduction of potentially threatening non-native species into new ecosystems…. Read More

Flavors of Florida to Benefit the UF Field and Fork Campus Food Program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flavors of Florida, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences tradition, offers a bountiful benefit this year: Proceeds from the event will go to the UF Field and Fork Campus Food Program…. Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers: Robots May Run Future Farms

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Agriculture, one of the world’s oldest vocations, is also one that continues to reinvent itself with new technology. From the introduction of the steel plow to automated tractors to modern fertilizer applications, technology has improved… Read More

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease. Ozgur Batuman,… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Celebrates National Heart Health Month with Innovative Programs

ORLANDO, Fla. – February is National Heart Health Month, and agents with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension are gearing up with programs to help central Florida residents get and stay healthy…. Read More

UF/IFAS CALS Alumni Earn Leadership Positions with the Society of American Foresters

By Kim Scotto and Dana Edwards GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After becoming involved with the Society of American Foresters (SAF) as students at the University of Florida, two alumni of the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientist to Work with Team Developing New Greening-Tolerant Citrus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Nian Wang pieces together sequences of genes, he hopes to make citrus varieties that are more tolerant to the deadly disease known as greening, which has devastated a multibillion dollar-a-year industry in Florida. Wang,… Read More

UF/IFAS Expert: Eat Fresh Food for a Healthy Heart

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fresh food is your friend, and sodium and cholesterol your perpetual enemies in maintaining a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the… Read More

Industrial hemp a featured topic at UF/IFAS ag policy conference Feb. 26 in Balm

By Tom Nordlie  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Industrial hemp may soon be a financially significant crop in Florida, and an expert with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will discuss some of the challenges and… Read More

New ‘Marathon’ Mandarin Gives Growers Advantages

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Commercial citrus growers will soon see a new seedless mandarin variety that stays on the tree longer, two traits farmers seek, say University of Florida scientists. ‘Marathon,’ an early season mandarin, is also easy to… Read More