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Category: Agriculture

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens between the farm… Read More

Tune in to ‘Ag Tech Expo – the Future of Farming’ May 10-11

WHO: Experts from the University of Florida and agribusiness WHAT: The public and the media are invited to tune in to a two-day virtual meeting about the future of farming. To bring food to your table, growers must… Read More

Introducing South Florida to the calabaza market

What does fall feel like in South Florida? Not much different from summer, actually. Unlike the rest of the country, we don’t get cold weather or leaves changing colors to indicate this seasonal change. If it wasn’t for… Read More

Graduate student sees the future of worldwide crop production in new cultivars  

By ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Martin Zapien scans long rows of tree canopies each morning and thinks about how the future of food production will advance with new citrus cultivars. All of the more than 5,000… Read More

Genetic testing shows some ‘Touch-Me-Not’ flowers resist deadly disease

BALM, Fla. – If you’re impatient for impatiens, a University of Florida scientist has good news for you: Some varieties of the popular flower resist the deadly downy mildew disease better than others. Many people love to plant… Read More

The Invasive Alligatorweed: Alternanthera philoxeroides

By Dr. James K. Leary, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Assistant Professor Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is a common pest in Florida that has plagued our state for well over 100 years.  Native to Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina,… Read More