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Strawberry growers globally could benefit from UF/IFAS research into dangerous disease


May 11, 2022

Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes. The key: combine genomic data with phenomics. The genome amounts to all the DNA in an organism. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Detection, Disease, Genes, Genomics, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Horticultural Sciences, Phenomics, Plant Breeding, Powdery Mildew, Ronald Tapia, Sensor, Seonghee Lee, Strawberries, Vance Whitaker

11,000 tree varieties in North America, but only a few species dot cityscapes


May 5, 2022

If you look at trees, especially in Florida’s urban areas, you’ll generally see southern live oaks or cabbage palms. Makes sense. Those are the two most common species in the Sunshine State’s cities. Indeed, most of America’s cities ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Andrew Koeser, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Landscape Architects, Lethal Bronzing, Live Oak, Palms, Removal, Species, Species Diversity, Stormwater, Trees, Urban, Urban Heat, USDA

Tour an orchard as part of inaugural UF/IFAS blackberry growing conference May 25


May 4, 2022

Several years ago, farmers asked University of Florida scientists to help them produce blackberries as part of an effort to test whether so-called “alternative” crops could grow in the Sunshine State. For alternative crops, think hops, ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Alternative Crops, Blackberries, Cultivars, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Orchard, Plant Breeding, University Of Arkansas

Say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ with a plant – maybe even one bred by UF/IFAS


April 28, 2022

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, you can make mom feel special in any number of ways: Some of your options include fixing her breakfast, taking her out for dinner and/or buying her flowers or a plant. Mother’s Day is May 8, and flora ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Caladium, Coleus, David Clark, Environmental Horticulture, Family, Gift, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Joanna Courtemanche, Mother's Day, Petunia, Plant Breeders, Plant Breeding, Plants, Zhanao Deng

UF scientists receive grant to study fumigation impacts on soil health


March 21, 2022

Soil health is an important aspect to strawberry and tomato production. Farmers often apply a type of pesticide called fumigants to the soil months before planting to manage soil health. Fumigants reduce harmful diseases such as Fusarium ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease
Tags: Crops, Fusarium Wilt, Gary Vallad, Grant, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Mary Lusk, Nathan Boyd, Nitrogen, Root-knot Nematodes, Sarah Strauss, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil Health, Soil Microbes, Soil Microbiome, Soil-borne Diseases, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, Strawberries, Tomatoes, USDA-NIFA

UF study: Florida’s 76,000 ponds emit more carbon than they store


March 9, 2022

When you look at ponds, you might see birds and fish, but you probably don’t think about carbon. In fact, Florida’s 76,000 ponds store plenty of carbon, and a lot of it escapes into the atmosphere. In fact, ponds lose more carbon via ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Audrey Goekner, Carbon, Development, Emission, Gas, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Manatee County, Mary Lusk, Muck, Ponds, Soil And Water Sciences, Stormwater Ponds, Urbanization

Homemade device may help arborists assess odds of falling trees causing damage


February 9, 2022

With a device they can make on their own for only $159, arborists can for the most part accurately assess whether people and pedestrians are at risk of danger if a tree falls in your yard. That’s way less than the machines on the market, which ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Andrew Koeser, Arborists, Environmental Horticulture, Fall Zone, Falling Trees, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Homemade Device, Pedestrians, Ryan Klein, Target Occupancy Rate, Tree-risk Assessment, Trees, Vehicles
image - Students work with surveying equipment in a geomatics course at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center's GCREC) Plant City, with Amr Abd-Elrahman, an associate professor of geomatics and principal investigator of the project. Photo courtesy UFIFAS Photography.

UF/IFAS receives nearly $1 million grant to engage more low-income students in geomatics


February 7, 2022

Geomatics is one of the most diverse fields of study. It offers a range of high-paying career opportunities, with a big demand for graduates in private and public sectors across industries worldwide. Geomatics is a STEM career field that ... READ MORE

Category: Professional Development, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Alison Adams, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Benjamin Wilkinson, Engineering And Mathematics, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Geomatics, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hartwig Henry Hochmair, National Science Foundation, NSF S-STEM Program, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Science, STEM, Technology, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center

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


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

Ag engineer comes ‘home’ to UF/IFAS; uses AI to help reduce farm labor costs


January 25, 2022

Dana Choi grew up in South Korea but considers Florida her second home. She spent several years on the main campus of the University of Florida, getting her master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural and biological engineering from the ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Dana Choi, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Robotics, South Korea, Strawberries, Sustainable Agriculture, Tomatoes

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