Tag: Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

Annual poinsettia sale hosted by UF student organization is an experiential learning model for other universities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Each December, the undergraduate environmental horticulture club in the University of Florida IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) hosts its highly-anticipated poinsettia sale. This year, the 21st annual poinsettia sale will be Dec…. Read More

UF/IFAS CALS student places first in international graduate student competition

APOPKA, Fla. – Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the… Read More

Potential whitefly outbreak threatens Florida landscapes and crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant  tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread…. Read More

Local, organic top consumers’ desired qualities in $280 million fruit-producing plant market

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re a consumer in the market for a fruit-producing plant, you’re more likely to buy one if it’s locally grown or organic, an important finding for those making their living in the approximately $280… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Mite might control pest that attacks Florida’s $125 million-a-year cucumber crop

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A predatory mite might feed on a pest of cucumbers, a $125 million-a-year crop in Florida, newly published University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research shows. This finding may help growers protect… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Tiny wasp controls nuisance whitefly

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A wasp the size of a pin head may control the nuisance Rugose spiraling whitefly, which leaves a sticky white mess that becomes covered in black mold on everything from plants to cars… Read More

Citrus industry set to welcome state-of-the-art greenhouse at Mid-Florida REC in Apopka

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The citrus industry has just gotten its own state-of-the-art greenhouse, dedicated solely to citrus nursery research as the state continues its fight against citrus greening – and industry and research officials are set to… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty named ASHS Fellows

Caption below. The American Society for Horticultural Science bestowed its highest honor upon two IFAS faculty at their annual meeting in July. The professional association named Jude Grosser and Robert Stamps as Fellows of the Society, an honor… Read More

New IFAS study shows corn plants help control major mite pest

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Add one more entry to corn’s list of abilities: helping to biologically control pests. Already a source of food and biofuel, University of Florida researchers report in… Read More