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Category: Conservation

UF/IFAS Abuzz with Excitement for Upcoming Bee College Events in Gainesville

Experienced beekeepers, aspiring novices and people simply curious about honey bees will all find plenty of sweet educational opportunities at the 2019 University of Florida Bee College, coming August 5-6 and 8-9. Bee College is Florida’s premier beekeeping… Read More

Slake your thirst for water quality knowledge at our classes

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director, and Kevin O’Horan, Communications Coordinator Even as our annual summer rains have rolled in and nagging algal blooms have gradually given way, water remains a hot topic in our area, and… Read More

UF Researchers Find a Strong Correlation Between Liver Cancer and Cyanobacterial Toxins

When researchers in the UF Center for Emerging Pathogens analyzed U.S. public health data from 1999-2010, they determined that contamination from cyanobacterial blooms is a potential risk factor for non-alcoholic liver disease. They superimposed satellite maps of U.S…. Read More

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Researchers Test Water Quality Following Harmful Algal Blooms Using Wild Sponges

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant researchers have tracked over a 15-20 year period how wild sponge populations in Florida Bay recover from harmful algal blooms. Healthy sponge populations in the Florida Keys maintain good water quality and flourishing… Read More

New Tools and Approaches to Better Manage Nutrient Impact

Growing Algae to Remove Excess Nutrients With all of the press regarding harmful algal blooms, it is sometimes easy to forget that most algae are good – in fact crucial for the health of our aquatic food webs…. Read More

Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiative Announced

Florida’s farms, ranch and forest industries are taking a lead and calling for deeper exploration of farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners as suppliers of environmental protection as well as of food and fiber. The Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture… Read More

The Causes of Harmful Algal Blooms: What We Know

Florida’s Big Questions As Floridians look for solutions to the state’s growing harmful algal bloom problem, a few major questions regarding the causes of these blooms can arise: What are the current sources, fate and transport of nutrients… Read More

Climate Change Will Mean Mass Movement of Wildlife — How Scientists Say We Can Prepare

When polar bears began showing up in Russian Siberia this year, experts suggested climate change may be a cause. Higher temperatures were melting ice in the Arctic, which polar bears rely on to hunt. The hungry bears had… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Adopting Water-Conservation Practices with Rain Barrels

The article was written by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Horticulture Extension Agent: Lorna Bravo South Florida receives an average of 62 inches of rainfall per year. Most of this water washes off green lawns and pavements carrying fertilizers… Read More