Tag: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural… Read More

Learn Technology at Citrus Farm Field Day at UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

WHO: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and growers. WHAT: Come to the Citrus Farm and Field Day at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center and learn the latest about… Read More

AI Could Help Citrus Growers Find, Detect Dangerous Psyllids

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Precision agriculture engineer Yiannis Ampatzidis sees a day when citrus farmers use artificial intelligence to detect the pin-sized insects that can infect the fruit’s trees with the deadly greening disease. That day could come in… Read More

Drone Images Can Accurately Find, Count Citrus Trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By using drone technology, Florida citrus growers can find out how many trees live in their groves and, eventually, they may detect the health status of the citrus plants, a new University of Florida study… Read More

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease. Ozgur Batuman,… Read More

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural… 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: Citrus Tree Covers Keep Deadly Psyllids Away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are finding that by covering new citrus trees with mesh, they can keep disease-carrying insects from harming the plants. That could be a big step toward stemming the deadly citrus greening… Read More

UF/IFAS launches new podcast for citrus producers

By Ruth Borger GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Southeast AgNet are partnering to provide the latest news on citrus-related research in a monthly podcast. The podcast, “All in for… Read More

New UF/IFAS Citrus Production Guide Helps Growers Survive in the Age of HLB

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. Experts… Read More