Category: UF/IFAS Research

Soil and Water Summer Experience – Sarah Birkmire

The Soil and Water Sciences Department is offering students the chance to blog about their summer experience. The students enrolled in one of three courses over the summer, for which they received credit: SWS 4905-Individual Work, SWS 4911-Supervised Research in… Read More

Open Door Policy

canisters of soil samples in lab

The faculty and staff of the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department pride themselves on being open and accessible to the public. We offer assistance in a wide range of areas. For example, our “open door policy” is… Read More

Helping Haiti Achieve Higher Black Bean Yields

For Haitians, black beans are a food staple and the most consumed bean in the country. But farmers there have one of the lowest yield rates in the world for the crop – 660 kilograms per hectare (ha-1)…. Read More

Featured New Faculty: Lakesh Sharma

small field of lettuce

Dr. Lakesh Sharma has joined the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management. We asked him to tell us about his background and future plans. What are your… Read More

New website designed to protect water quality around horse farms

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is funding a UF/IFAS project to create a new mobile responsive website with an interactive farm Best Management Practices evaluation tool. It will allow horse owners to assess their… Read More

Improving Our Understanding of Stormwater Ponds

You have likely noticed the ponds and small lakes in your community that are often paired with a newer residential or commercial development. Maybe you fished in them, canoed across them, or go to them to spot wildlife… Read More

More microorganisms than first thought may contribute to process of increasing mercury toxicity

Everglades wetlands area

New research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology indicates the types of microorganisms that could transform mercury into methylmercury is higher than previously thought. The study took samples from four sites in the Florida Everglades. Drs…. Read More

Graduating Senior Taking Soil and Water Sciences Knowledge Overseas

Ethan Weinrich has packed a lot of experiences into his time at the University of Florida. As a community college transfer student from Tallahassee, it seems that was the only option for his two years in Gainesville. Ethan… Read More

Building a Partnership in Brazil

A small group of administrators from Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) in Brazil filed into the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems meeting space Thursday morning. Greeting them was Dr. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agricultural… Read More