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UF professor earns award from UF/IFAS Extension peers

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Water is essential to Florida farmers. They scrutinize the amount available, its quality and when and how they should use it to grow crops, feed animals and sustain… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension agents working together to better serve citrus growers

oranges on tree

By RUTH BORGER  LAKE ALFRED, FL — Florida’s citrus growers have long benefited from productive relationships with UF/IFAS Extension commercial citrus agents who work in central and Southwest Florida. And it’s about to get better…. 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… Read More

Coming attraction: Florida finger limes could be a new addition to your grocery citrus aisle

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Sweet oranges. Ruby red grapefruit. Sugar Belle mandarins. When one thinks of Florida citrus, these fruits immediately come to mind. But finger limes? A University of Florida Institute… Read More

Updated citrus nutrition guide helps growers deal with greening

Florida citrus growers hit hard by the citrus greening disease can benefit from UF/IFAS expertise in an updated book — the third edition of the Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees. Greening, known scientifically as huanglongbing… Read More

UF-led team sequences first-ever citrus genomes; discovery may help thwart greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida-led group of international scientists has assembled the genome sequences for two citrus varieties—sweet orange and Clementine mandarin—marking a first for citrus. The Clementine mandarin sequence is the higher… Read More