Category: Natural Resources

What is happening with the Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia) Insect Release?

Local, state, and federal agencies came together to release dozens of vials containing thrips (Pseudophilothrips ichini) insects in Saint Lucie, Collier, and Broward counties, Florida on July 16, 2019. These thrips are native to South America and are… Read More

Wildflowers, What’s Blooming: Native Milkweeds

Named by Ponce de Leon in 1513, La Florida means “Land of Flowers” — and indeed it is!  Florida has more than 3,600 native and naturalized flowering species. Wildflowers are plants that grow in their natural state with… 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

Conserving Water by Using Another Source: Reclaimed Wastewater

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With Florida’s potable water resources facing increased strains from factors like an ever-expanding population and saltwater intrusion, University of Florida researchers say relief could come from an increasingly abundant source: reclaimed wastewater. “The general public… Read More

Soil and Water Sciences Professor Named Leader of International Group

Dr. Rao Mylavarapu, professor of sustainable nutrient systems in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department and university term professor, was unanimously elected as the Inaugural Chair of the International Governing Council of the International Soil and Plant… Read More

Art in The Garden

The article was written by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Horticulture Extension Agent: Lorna Bravo Come and learn about the importance of having a Florida-Friendly butterfly garden in your backyard.  Learn the vital role our local pollinators play in… Read More

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s… Read More