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Florida blueberry season: Top-notch fruit, tools and knowledge from UF/IFAS research


March 30, 2022

March brings the start of Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season. The state’s blueberry industry has grown rapidly in the past 20 years. Today, Florida farmers grow more than 5,200 acres of blueberries, producing about ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: 'Arcadia', 'Sentinel', Blueberries, Blueberry Growers Guide App, Blueberry Season, Breeding, Cultivars, Doug Phillips, Horticultural Sciences, Patricio Munoz, Production

UF/IFAS researchers creating an ‘Artificial Intelligence Connoisseur’


February 7, 2022

Can a computer “taste” a tomato or a blueberry? Well, not exactly, but it can tell scientists which volatiles in these fruits make them taste good, say University of Florida researchers. UF/IFAS breeder and geneticist Marcio Resende wants ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS
Tags: #aiatuf, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Blueberries, Harry Klee, Horticultural Sciences, Marcio Resende, Patricio Munoz, Smell, Taste, Taste Panels, Tomatoes, UF Sensory Lab
blueberries on a branch

Research aims to boost production of blueberries, conserve water


February 4, 2022

Research in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department aims to help Florida’s expanding blueberry operations while also conserving water. Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni, assistant professor of citrus water and nutrient management at the UF/IFAS ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Blueberries, Citrus Research And Education Center, Davie Kadyampakeni, Irrigation, Reclaimed Water, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Water Conservation

Breeding new crops and a new generation of plant breeders


January 24, 2022

The UF/IFAS team that has released more than 250 fruit, vegetable and other plant cultivars in the past decade is getting even stronger. Seven budding scientists from around the world arrived in Florida in August to work with Plant Breeders ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Curriculum, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture
Tags: Blueberries, CALS, EREC, Forages, GCREC, Lettuce, Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Small Grains, Strawberries, Tomatoes, TREC, UF-IFAS
blueberry and blackberry fruit

Growing Backyard Blueberries & Blackberries – Online Course


January 7, 2022

This self-paced online course teaches you how to grow blueberry and blackberry plants in Florida home gardens. Topics include variety selection, preparing to plant, care and maintenance, pest management, and even a section on raspberries! Registration ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture
Tags: Blackberries, Blueberries, Classes And Events, Farm, Food, Growing Fruits, Raspberries, Vegetable Gardening
bee on blueberry flower

In story of blueberries and bees, scientists play matchmaker


December 10, 2020

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 mind, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Bees, Blueberries, Entomology And Nematology, News, Pollinators, Rachel Mallinger
blueberry and blackberry fruit

Growing Backyard Blueberries & Blackberries – Online Course


December 9, 2020

This self-paced online course teaches you how to grow blueberry and blackberry plants in Florida home gardens. Topics include variety selection, preparing to plant, care and maintenance, pest management, and even a section on raspberries! Registration ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture
Tags: Blackberries, Blueberries, Classes And Events, Farm, Food, Growing Fruits, Raspberries, Vegetable Gardening

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