Tag: Horticultural Sciences

Students help UF/IFAS professor breed better, tastier peppers

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students are learning how to breed better peppers under the guidance of Professor Bala Rathinasabapathi. And by “better,” we mean a more savory taste, among… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers get $2 million grant to study organic strawberry production

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will address production constraints for organic strawberry producers, thanks to a new $2 million federal grant. The grant comes from the Organic… Read More

Peaches more marketable to younger people, but everyone wants the fruit to melt in their mouth

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Young consumers are more likely to buy peaches than older people, and those 18- to 24-year-olds prefer crisp, firm peaches with good flavor, a new University of Florida study shows. In fact, people aged… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists zero in on genetic traits for best blueberry taste

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have taken a big step toward breeding tastier blueberries with a three-year study that examined the traits consumers desire. Now they have specific breeding targets… Read More

$2 million UF/IFAS study to focus on antibiotic resistance; $500,000 study on taste retention

Jeong, left, and Folta, right GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist will try to figure out how antibiotic-resistant microorganisms get into cattle. Another will study how to get tomatoes and strawberries to retain their flavors and… Read More

Plants in space: Gravity not needed to orient root growth, UF researchers find

Click here for high resolution version. Caption below. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plant growth is not as dependent on gravity as previously thought, according to new research from the University of Florida. In a study published in the current… Read More

New UF-developed plant databases and models could lead to more nutritious foods

Click here for high-resolution version. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Creating virtual plants could solve real problems, such as reducing vitamin deficiencies in humans, according to University of Florida researchers. They are developing databases and computer models… Read More