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App helps consumers find pollinator-friendly plants for their landscape

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February 14, 2024

Florida is home to over 315 species of native wild bees, which thrive on flowers for survival. But some bees are in critical decline. While the public is increasingly interested in conserving pollinators and in pollinator-friendly gardening, ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: App, BeeGardens App, Bees, Environmental Horticulture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardens, Identification, Pollinators, Sandra Wilson, Students

Check out these catchy new caladium cultivars, courtesy of UF/IFAS

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February 7, 2024

‘Pinky Swear,’ ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Salsa.’ Those are the catchy names of the three new caladium varieties released by University of Florida researchers. The first, ‘Pinky Swear’ is already available at a nursery near you. So ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: 'Pinky Swear', 'Wonderland', Avon Park, Caladium Tuber Capital, Caladiums, Classic Caladiums LLC, Cultivars, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Lake Placid, Salsa, Zhanao Deng

Veteran UF/IFAS scientist named interim chair of environmental horticulture

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December 18, 2023

Wagner Vendrame, a 22-year veteran of UF/IFAS, has been named interim chair of the Department of Environmental Horticulture, effective Jan. 1. Vendrame, spent most of his career at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center. While ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Dean Kopsell, Environmental Horticulture, Interim Chair, Micropropagation, NASA, Robert Gilbert, Tropical Research And Education Center, Wagner Vendrame

UF working to expand your options for decorative holiday plants

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November 9, 2023

When you think of decorative holiday plants, you might buy traditional poinsettias. But have you ever considered a caladium at Christmas? University of Florida scientists want to add caladiums, known for their beautiful foliage, as an option ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Caladium Bulbs, Caladiums, Classic Caladiums LLC, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Holidays, Horticultural Sciences, Southern Hemisphere, Tubers, Year-round, Zhanao Deng

Brewers, craft beer enthusiasts reap flavor of UF hops research

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October 10, 2023

As you watch workers use chainsaws to cut down the bines of hop cones for this year’s fall harvest, you can almost sense the craft beer the hops will eventually produce. Last week, scientists at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Brewery, Craft Beer, Environmental Horticulture, Fall Harvest, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hops, Hops Field Day, Horticultural Sciences, LED Lighting, Locally Grown, Shinsuke Agehara, Zhanao Deng
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Urban Florida residents want to protect their cities’ tree canopy – even if it limits development

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July 25, 2023

Floridians want to keep the shade in their cities, so they favor tree protection measures, a new University of Florida study shows. But researchers were surprised to find that about half the urban residents surveyed support ordinances that protect ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Andrew Koeser, Cities, Counties, Development, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Private Property, Shade, Tax Incentives, Tree Protection Ordinances, Tree Removal, Trees

New research looks to pollen for plant heat stress resilience

July 10, 2023

A new NIFA-funded project will examine pollen formation and viability in corn when heat stress is introduced during the different developmental stages. The research aims to identify genetic resiliency markers that may inform future ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Corn, Environmental Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture Department, Heat Stress, Kevin Begcy, Plant Stress, Pollen, PolliNATION, Research

UF study: Some tree “defects” don’t predict whether a tree will fall in a hurricane

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May 15, 2023

Just because a tree looks a bit odd or damaged, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to topple during a tropical storm or hurricane, new University of Florida research shows. When assessing trees, arborists normally examine dozens ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Arborists, Defects, Environmental Horticulture, Falling Trees, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Homeowners, Hurricane, Hurricane Ian, Tree Failure, Tree Protection, Trees, Tropical Storm, Uprooting, Winds

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