As Earth Day nears, citizen scientists help UF/IFAS preserve the environment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Debbie Goad heard about a horseshoe crab study run partly by the University of Florida, she jumped at the opportunity. She practically grew up in or near the water in South Florida. In addition,… Read More

Industry donors help cultivate emerging Florida crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About five years ago, University of Florida environmental horticulture assistant professor Brian Pearson started growing hops in his backyard. Finding success, he and two other UF researchers are exploring whether they can grow the crop… Read More

Florida Sea Grant helped save Keys lobster industry nearly $4 million after Hurricane Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution has saved the industry nearly $4 million, according… Read More

World-recognized UF termite bait inventor chosen for pest management hall of fame

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — World-renowned University of Florida entomologist Nan-Yao Su came up with the idea for a termite-baiting system when he was a graduate student. Now, his peers in the pest management industry are recognizing Su for the… Read More

Acclaimed cattle nutrition expert named director of UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

QUINCY, Fla. – When Glen Aiken wasn’t helping his grandfather wrangle cattle in the smothering Texas heat, he was traveling with his father to meat packing houses across the region. “I swear I visited every meat packing plant… Read More

Partnerships are key to UF/IFAS plant-breeding success

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida citrus breeder Fred Gmitter recalls meeting Vero Beach grower Tom Hammond about 20 years ago, when Gmitter needed a place to grow hybrid citrus. Gmitter knew most growers wouldn’t experiment with “raw… Read More

UF-led team of scientists outlines novel approach to save endangered tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With fewer than 1,000 of them left in the wild, the Florida torreya tree is on the path to extinction. But now scientists have a plan to save it. Last month, scientists from universities, conservation… Read More