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Should your passion for pumpkins include the calabaza? UF/IFAS scientists laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, consumers

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

Is the calabaza the next pumpkin of choice for those working in the brewing, food, agriculture, manufacturing and health industries? UF/IFAS scientists are laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, manufacturers and consumers that will unleash… Read More

UF/IFAS indigo field trials yield success as synthetic dyes lose appeal

image- indigo field trial 2019 at TREC

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have just completed a series of field trials designed to test the viability of growing the indigo plant that produces the iconic natural blue… Read More

Shellfish may improve water quality in north Florida estuary

A protected estuary in north Florida comprised of the Guana Lake and Guana River is showing signs of pollution. Home to incredibly rich marshes, mounds of mussels and live oyster reefs, scientists are hoping shellfish… Read More

Looking to grow heart-healthy dragon fruit? UF/IFAS scientists offer latest insights on pests, beneficial insects

Dragon fruit, a fruit of choice for its health benefits, has burgeoned in popularity over recent years. The exotic crop has caught the eyes of farmers and consumers alike for its low maintenance and vibrant… Read More

Hemp approval program now available from UF/IFAS

overview of industrial hemp trial

MEDIA CONTACT: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-242-8439, rodriguezl@ufl.edu UF/IFAS now has an active and permitted Clonally Propagated Hemp Cultivar Approval Program that is part of the Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Owners of industrial hemp genetics can now… Read More

Philanthropy on Gator Nation Giving Day helps South Florida’s UF graduate students

image-grad student in plant pathology at Tropical Research and Education Center

HOMESTEAD, Fla. –.College graduates need jobs, and they can get them in agriculture and the natural sciences. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in agriculture research, energy management, atmospheric science,… Read More

Latest non-native lizard to expand in Florida, UF/IFAS scientists warn

image - large lizard Peters's rock agama

Palm trees, beaches and lizards are all common to Florida’s landscape, but did you know not all lizards are native? In fact, University of Florida researchers tell us that there are three times the number… Read More

Celebrating avocados July 31st? UF/IFAS researchers making great strides on saving the Florida avocado industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31st, UF/IFAS scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt. Detected in… Read More

In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals… Read More

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Continues to Take Root, Successes in 2019 Set Course for Continued, Expanded Research in 2020

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Since the Florida State legislature authorized Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects for land grant institutions in 2017, the goal at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been… Read More