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Category: UF/IFAS Research

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

UF Researchers Link Gene from Ancient Virus with Plant Stature

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from the University of Florida links the ability of plants to grow to great heights to a 500-million-year-old interaction between a virus and a type of algae. “The majority… Read More

Florida Chapter of ISA Infuses UF/IFAS Arboriculture Research with $320K in Grants

DAVIE, Fla. — A lethal plant hopper species is slowly killing our Florida landscape of palm trees. Meanwhile, there are wood-decaying fungi causing several urban tree species to develop root and trunk rot affecting their stability. While scientists… Read More

The Tree that Links UF, the Moon, and Hurricane Irma

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After a priceless tree at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was lost during Hurricane Irma, UF/IFAS scientists provided an “out-of-this-world” donation to continue its legacy. In 1971, a seed the size of… Read More

UF Researchers Link Increasing Seasonal Drought to Longer Fire Seasons

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from University of Florida researchers examines the relationship between wet and dry season length and the potential for lightning-ignited fires. The study, led by faculty from the UF Institute… 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

Gov. DeSantis Appoints UF’s Tom Frazer as Chief Science Officer

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that University of Florida scientist Tom Frazer will be the state’s first Chief Science Officer. Frazer will lead efforts to address some of Florida’s most critical environmental challenges, including red tide and harmful… Read More