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In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals and insects to… Read More

A man meant for Extension: Ralph Mitchell, your interim DeSoto County Extension director

ARCADIA, Fla. — Growing up in Rhode Island, it almost seemed like Ralph Mitchell was destined to pursue Extension as a career. “Well, my father was an Extension agent,” Mitchell said. “I loved to come to his office… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Broward 4-H granted $10K from Glick Philanthropies to expand nutrition, gardening project for residents amid COVID-19

UF/IFAS 4-H among 107 organizations selected for $820K Community Relief Fund DAVIE, Fla. – With COVID-19, thousands of reports have risen to the surface documenting the challenges of individuals and communities affected by the global virus. The virus… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers try to reduce fruit drop, increase yield in Valencia, Hamlin oranges

UF/IFAS citrus scientists Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez are trying to reduce the amount of fruit that drops from Hamlin and Valencia trees prior to harvest. If fruit drops, growers can’t harvest it, and that leads to losses… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded $850K USDA grant to lead multistate research, study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as… Read More

Arborists can assess — in advance  — which trees are most likely to topple in a hurricane

Before severe weather hits, arborists with proper training and experience can accurately predict whether a tree will fall during a storm, a new study led by a University of Florida scientist shows. During a tropical storm or hurricane,… Read More

UF/IFAS program teaches what happens ‘After the Flush’

BALM, Fla. — If you’re on a septic system, what happens after you flush your toilet? In a new, statewide UF/IFAS Extension program aptly titled “After the Flush,” Mary Lusk and her colleagues aim to teach Floridians how… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

Florida’s agriculture, marine industries report effects of COVID-19 restrictions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida economists now have a baseline understanding of ways the pandemic has affected the agriculture, aquaculture and marine sectors of Florida’s economy. According to Christa Court, who led a monthlong survey effort along… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Greenhouse Training Online adds bilingual video content

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For several years, UF/IFAS Extension has offered online certification courses in greenhouse management, with more than 650 growers completing the courses in 2019. The Greenhouse Training Online program recently expanded to launch a new YouTube… Read More