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Peak strawberry season means more Florida-grown, flavorful fruit at the market

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January 18, 2024

We’re at the height of the Florida strawberry harvesting season – a time when the state’s growers are doing all they can to make sure consumers can choose from among the best of their favorite fruit at the market. “It has been an ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Aroma, Best Practices, Breeding, Cultivars, Florida Strawberry Growers Association, Growers, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Horticultural Sciences, Kenneth Parker, Strawberries, Strawberry Season, Taste, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, Vance Whitaker, Wael Elwakil, Yield

Prolific blueberry scientist named Horticulture Crop Breeding Endowed Chair

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January 3, 2024

A veteran blueberry researcher has been named the University of Florida’s Horticulture Crop Breeding Endowed Chair, recognizing the royalties generated by the fruit varieties he’s developed for global farming and consumption. Patricio ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Blueberries, Breeding, Chris Gunter, Cultivars, Horticultural Sciences, Horticulture Crop Breeding Endowed Chair, J. Scott Angle, Patricio Munoz, Plant Breeding, Southern Highbush Blueberry

Raising the Bar: How to Improve Beef Cattle Reproduction for a More Viable Operation

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August 16, 2023

Did you know that Florida ranks 9th in the nation when it comes to cow-calf numbers? Beef cattle production was instrumental in building Florida’s economy. Our state was the first to have a beef industry, and today, more than 500 years after ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Beef, Beef Cattle, Breeding, Bull, Cattke, Cattle, Cow, Economics, Extension, Farming, Florida, Health, IFAS, Life, Meat, Production, Ranch, Ranching, Rural, Science, Soundness, Technology, UF-IFAS

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

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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

In the heart of Florida’s strawberry season, an expert explains why they’re so wonderful

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February 2, 2022

When you think of February, you might dream of a Happy Valentine’s Day, roses and romance. If you live in central Florida, you might also want to buy the very best strawberries. Many local fields are rife with the red fruit. Wael Elwakil, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Breeding, Economic Impact, Featured, Fruit And Vegetable Production, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Harvest, Hillsborough County, Special Topics, Strawberries, Strawberry Season, Taste, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, Valentine's Day, Wael Elwakil
Butterhead lettuce. Picture caption: Jonael Bosques, University of Florida.

Breeding the Perfect Crops for Floridians

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July 8, 2021

Exploring alternative agricultural uses for your property can be challenging, especially when dealing with plant disease in crop and ornamental production. Often, we get calls from citizens that are acquiring or have acquired land and are unsure ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Ag, Agent, Agriculture, Breed, Breeding, County, Crop, Crops, Faculty, Farmer, Farmers, Farming, Florida, Hardee, Horticulture, Improvement, Improving, Lettuce, Science, Scientist, Specialist

New white, red varieties from UF/IFAS featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

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March 2, 2021

PLANT CITY, Fla. --- If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for consumers and abundant for farmers. As ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Alpine Strawberries, Breeding, Cultivars, Disease, Flavor, Florida Strawberry Festival, Florida Strawberry Growers Association, Strawberries, Vance Whitaker, White Strawberries

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

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February 23, 2021

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than other types of the staple crop. Now, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Breeding, DNA, Genome Sequencing, Horticultural Sciences, Marcio Resende, Production, Supersweet Corn, Sweet Corn, Taste

UF/IFAS hosts global plant breeding virtual meeting January 28-29

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January 21, 2021

Media Contact: Brad Buck, 352-875-2641 (mobile), bradbuck@ufl.edu WHO: The UF Plant Science Council and UF/IFAS plant-breeding faculty and students. WHAT: Students and faculty from UF/IFAS and around the world present the Fifth Annual ... READ MORE

Category: Events
Tags: Breeding, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Crops, David Clark, Elaine Turner, Environmental Horticulture, Forage, Fruits, Ornamentals, Plant Science Symposium, Sugar Cane, Turfgrass, Vegetables, Zoom

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

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October 21, 2020

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re ... READ MORE

Category: SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Breeding, Flavor, Food Science And Human Nutrition, Garden Gem, Horticultural Sciences, Paul Sarnsoski, Sam Hutton, Smell, Taste, Taste Panels, Tomato Juice, Tomatoes, UF Sensory Lab

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