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Category: Agriculture

New director of UF/IFAS Extension south central district

Rear view of McCarty Hall D on the University of Florida campus

Brenda Rogers has been named director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension south central district. This district encompasses 11 Florida counties in southwestern Florida, from Pasco County in the north down to… Read More

Kids get hooked on science at UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC

Student looking through a microscope

To the naked eye, a spider mite isn’t much to look at, but when a group of second graders huddles around one of Hugh Smith’s microscopes, they see more than just a bug. “They see a tiny monster… Read More

Zika Challenge

Jim Davis is studying hard for his public health pest control license exam. In the past, getting this license wouldn’t be a usual part of his job. But with the recent public concern about the mosquito-borne Zika virus,… Read More

Increasing federal investment in agricultural research

Carrie Harmon in the lab

The University of Florida and 12 other prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SoAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” the report released… Read More

UF/IFAS helps local farmers break into the local food movement

When it comes to defining local food, things are hardly black and white. Instead, consumers perceive degrees of localness rather than firm local and non-local divisions, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found…. Read More

UF/IFAS event unveils latest turfgrass research

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty will showcase the latest turfgrass research June 15 at the twenty-second annual UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Turfgrass Field Day and Expo. The UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center… Read More

Ambrosia beetle spreads dangerous avocado pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the laurel wilt pathogen casts a cloud over the $100-million-a-year Florida avocado industry, University of Florida researchers continue to look for clues to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The main culprit has been the… Read More