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Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

image - papaya trial field at TREC for Chambers Brewer study

Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers,… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded 1st Ph.D. plant breeding program in Florida, one of few in USA

Working in labs and fields across Florida, a new generation of students will start earning a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of Florida – the first program of its kind in Florida and… Read More

Fall may be prime for specialty pumpkins, but June is just right for growing calabaza

image - calabaza - cuban pumpkin from UF IFAS TREC research with Dr. Meru

Looking to grow your own pumpkins? Then don’t let the summer go by without planning for calabaza in the ground. If you live in the south or central Florida growing zone, June is prime time…. Read More

UF/IFAS Tropical Fruit Tuesdays sows what you need to grow, maintain tropical fruit trees

angoes from a mango tree in South Florida landscape

Tropical Fruit Tuesdays offer homeowners and commercial growers the latest information on what fruit trees to select, grow and manage in the Sunshine State’s tropical regions. The virtual workshop, launched as a call to action… Read More

UF/IFAS, Australia formalize to collaborate on fruit, crop research

image -Alan Chambers - vanilla cultivars at TREC

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Northern Territory of Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding. At the core of the agreement is the exchange of technical expertise among… Read More

Cultivating better Florida mangoes – UF/IFAS scientists sequence DNA to support, grow a domestic industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A team of scientists at the University of Florida have sequenced the genome of the internationally important ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango – a variety that originated from Florida and that is valued for… Read More

Cracking the code on growing vanilla: DNA mystery uncovered by latest UF/IFAS research in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed a tool to unlock the genetic traits that pinpoint the vanilla variety that produces an abundance of beans, grows efficiently and sustainably, with consumer-approved taste. As… Read More

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas,… Read More

John Beuttenmuller named executive director of Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc.

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — John Beuttenmuller has been named executive director of Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., which produces and licenses new plant varieties developed by faculty… Read More