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2021 Update on Sea Turtle Friendly Beaches in St Lucie County

  In St Lucie County, sea turtle nesting season is March 1 – November 15. The county enforces Sea Turtle Nesting Season lighting codes. The UF/IFAS St Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Program addresses sea turtle conservation and… Read More

UF researchers answer questions about citrus fruit drop at upcoming seminar

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Citrus fruit dropping before harvest has been a perennial problem for Florida growers but one that is particularly challenging during the 2020-21 growing season. Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez of the… Read More

Topic Tuesday: Types of Bees

Last blog, I talked about pollination and pollinator impact on crops grown throughout Florida. This blog, I am highlighting types of bees seen throughout Florida, both native and non-native. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees. There are… Read More

UF researchers help expand indoor gardening trend triggered by pandemic

COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. Recent research shows that about 80% of those who took up gardening since the beginning of COVID-19 will continue the pastime in 2021. Growing in the… Read More

Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE! returns; New topics, same virtual format

Long-time and aspiring green thumbs can ask the experts their gardening questions when “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” returns starting Feb. 4. The monthly series is presented virtually, hosted by UF/IFAS experts in each topic, and aired concurrently… Read More

New growth chamber facility on UF campus investment in Florida agriculture

A new plant science facility has opened on the main UF campus in Gainesville. The UF/IFAS Growth Chamber Facility will help faculty and students study how changes in climate may impact Florida agriculture. The facility contains 15 growth… Read More

Upcoming event: Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 2021

The UF/IFAS food and resource economics department (FRED) hosts a conference each spring to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and provide insights on economic factors that can inform business and policy decisions. As a result… Read More

UF scientists study how to breed faster-growing plants

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. – In order to improve photosynthesis in plant leaves, two University of Florida scientists will study their roots and stems. More specifically, Christopher Vincent and Fred Gmitter hope to find the optimal relationship between citrus… Read More