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Cracking the code on growing vanilla: DNA mystery uncovered by latest UF/IFAS research in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed a tool to unlock the genetic traits that pinpoint the vanilla variety that produces an abundance of beans, grows efficiently and sustainably, with consumer-approved taste. As part of their… Read More

Vermicomposting (Using Worms for Composting)

Vermicomposting = worm composting Do you live in a small space and want to have a neat little efficient compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps? Vermiculture, also known as worm composting, is becoming increasingly popular with the… Read More

In story of blueberries and bees, scientists play matchmaker

Chew on this the next time you eat a blueberry: [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Every single blueberry is the result of a flower that was pollinated by a bee.[/inlinetweet] In other words: No buzz, no berry. With that in… Read More

Most Americans’ CARES Act stimulus checks went to basic needs, UF economists find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although direct payments to Americans have been utilized during previous economically challenging times – the last as part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 – never before had the world looked as it had… Read More

UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio… Read More

UF survey requests citrus grower input to help set research directions

By RUTH BORGER   LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock is looking to the future of her research program and needs citrus industry professionals to help her see a clear picture. Since arriving at… Read More

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides to control thrips,… Read More

Inland fisheries may provide a ‘safety net’ during pandemic, new study finds

A new study led by University of Florida researchers has found that the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shifts in the way people use rivers, lakes and other inland water bodies worldwide as sources… Read More

Upcoming Virtual Q&A on Florida’s Food System and COVID-19 | Initial Impressions

WHAT: A question-and-answer session with University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University researchers who are investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Florida’s agriculture and food system industries. The interactive portion will follow a short presentation… Read More

What’s in store for 2021? UF/IFAS experts predict food and garden trends

No one could have predicted the kind of year 2020 has been. But in late 2019, when UF/IFAS experts were asked to predict the top food and garden trends for the coming year, they made some startlingly accurate… Read More