Tag: Soil and Water Sciences

Kids to Learn About Citrus in Labs During Youth Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children, you’re invited to an up-close-and-personal, hands-on experience with the world of citrus. You might even get your hands dirty while touring plant labs at this year’s third annual Citrus Youth Day on June 27…. Read More

Stormwater Ponds May Harbor Invasive Plants, UF/IFAS Research Finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stormwater ponds are prevalent throughout Florida’s urban and residential landscapes, but University of Florida researchers are looking into whether these engineered ecosystems support the spread of invasive plant species. An ongoing UF Institute of Food… Read More

Grapefruit Grown Under Protective Screens Maximizes Fruit Yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers of one of Florida’s signature citrus crops, the grapefruit, may see more production and possibly less of the deadly citrus greening disease. Researchers have worked for four years, growing grapefruit under protective screens on… Read More

Tropical Soils ‘Bible’ Updated for Today’s Global Issues

The world population is set to reach 10 billion by 2050, leading many to ask: will we have enough food to feed everyone? “I’m an optimist,” said Pedro Sanchez, professor of tropical soils in the University of Florida… Read More

New UF Soil and Water Sciences Chair Sees Opportunity in Florida’s Water Challenges

Above: Matt Whiles conducting research in the field.  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing up in the Midwest, Matt Whiles learned quickly that the best place to find his favorite critters—insects, reptiles and amphibians—was around streams and wetlands. Water meant… Read More

UF Online Rises to Fifth in the Nation for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

UF/IFAS CALS Offers Two Majors Through UF Online GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF Online has risen to No. 5 in the 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the best online programs in the country, up from… Read More

UF/IFAS ‘Citrus Nutrition Day’ to Include Field Tours

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This year’s Citrus Nutrition Day – at which growers will learn the latest data about growing the fruit, from the soil up through the plants — is expanding to include tours of field trials. After… Read More

UF/IFAS Research Suggests Improved Erosion Control May Help Reduce Nitrogen Inputs to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, but its coral colonies have been dying at a startling rate in recent years and… Read More

Young Citrus Trees May Benefit From Full Irrigation Regardless of HLB Status, UF/IFAS Researchers Say

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mature citrus trees affected by the bacterial disease Huanglongbing typically need about 25 percent less irrigation than their healthy counterparts – but that doesn’t necessarily mean young trees with the disease will… Read More