Tag: Tropical Research and Education Center

UF ‘Dream Team’ Plans to Change Face of Ag, Natural Resources, in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – They don’t wear capes and tights, but the new University of Florida faculty members hope their research will help grow the state’s agriculture and natural resources, and stave off enemies that threaten industry. The eight… Read More

UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers? Because so many consumers enjoy vanilla, University of Florida scientists hope to help Florida farmers grow the bean. Consumers have… Read More

UF scientists to help California, Florida growers control dangerous avocado pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida experts know all too well about laurel wilt, the pathogen endangering the state’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry – and they’re trying to find ways to prevent it from spreading. Now, they’re taking… Read More

The problem expands for avocado growers: More beetle species carry deadly fungus

Please see caption at end of story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida…. Read More

Wet ‘dry season’ damaged valuable ornamentals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s winters are usually dry, but the wet winter of 2015-2016 helped spread pathogens that destroyed ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County. That’s a problem in an area where the industry generated an estimated $998 million… Read More