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Tag: Horticultural Sciences

Fall: A time to grow and eat your own strawberries at home

While Florida is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world, you can plant strawberries at home now. Yes, fall is officially here – even if the temperatures don’t always match the calendar date…. Read More

‘Dr. Saba’ named Outstanding Graduate Educator by national horticultural society

As a University of Florida professor, Bala Rathinasabapathi spends many hours in the lab and the classroom – not to mention at his office. He puts just as much emphasis on student success as he… Read More

UF students’ peach harvest donated to local food pantries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Students at the University of Florida led the charge to harvest and donate nearly one ton of peaches to Gainesville food pantries. Initiated by horticultural sciences doctoral student Trequan McGee, members from… Read More

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Think of University of Florida scientists Nathan Boyd and Arnold Schumann a bit like surgeons. Except in this case, their operating room is a strawberry field. With their research, Boyd and Schumann… Read More

UF/IFAS develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or plant new ones. The UF/IFAS blueberry… Read More

From family farm to studying stone fruit, UF professor edits new pomegranate book

Growing up in Iran, Ali Sarkhosh worked on the family’s pomegranate farm, which has thrived for four generations. Later, at the University of Tehran, Sarkhosh wrote both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on pomegranate… Read More

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

Sliced avocado

Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens… Read More

New chair: Christopher Gunter to lead UF horticulture programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christopher Gunter joins the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as professor and chair of the horticultural sciences department. His official start date is June 7. As the… Read More

As peach harvest begins, UF scientists find rootstocks that survive flooding

As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida. Those growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding because it can damage peach… Read More

UF scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into the fruit. Consumer panels are the tried-and-true method for UF researchers to… Read More