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Tag: UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center

Hibiscus flowers not flowering? Scout for the hibiscus bud weevil, UF IFAS scientists suggest

Hibiscus shrubs are attractive and hardy-flowering, typically used in a variety of landscapes. They are known for reaching up to 15 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide. Many hibiscus species are native to… Read More

One Night in the Tropics paves the way for new UF/IFAS graduate housing

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Since 1929, the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center has built a rich history and a world-class reputation for its focused research and Extension programs to protect the stability of a long… Read More

University of Florida faculty joins national team awarded $7.5M USDA-NIFA grant

Apple and pecan orchards are growing vulnerable to nonnative ambrosia beetles. Often considered as invasive pests, these groups of beetles cultivate and rely on ambrosia fungi for nutrition. The ambrosia beetles, which make up more… Read More

New fungus brings truffle-like fungi, wilting leaves, unpleasant smell in potted Boston Ferns

image - Boston Ferns in Miami Dade plot

Boston ferns, cultivated by Florida growers since 1912, are a popular consumer choice on porches, balconies, patios and landscapes for their tropical look. A popular and profitable item grown in nurseries, the species can be… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry, water quality initiatives

image - hands holding clams after harvesting. Credit Tyler Jones

University of Florida scientists hope to boost the shellfish aquaculture industry severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists will use a $100,000 grant awarded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to capture statewide data needed from… Read More

Mark your calendars for One Night in the Tropics on November 6 – A UF/IFAS event for graduate housing

image - TREC graduate students for graduate housing fundraiser

In the heart of Homestead sits a site that is unique to the fabric of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) known as the Tropical Research and Education Center. On… Read More

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

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