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Artichokes, known as a healthy food crop, also make for pretty plants

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February 21, 2024

Did you know you can plant artichokes in your garden or landscape as well as eat them? That’s because the artichokes you eat are, in fact, immature flower buds. It’s a timely topic because Florida’s artichoke harvesting season runs ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Artichokes, Chill Hours, Flowers, Gibberellic Acid, Green Queen, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, Horticultural Sciences, Imperial Star, Prissy Fletcher, Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS Extension-St. Johns County, Vegetable
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New tomato breeder at GCREC now sits in her mentor’s chair, plans to continue legacy of bringing best data to growers and flavorful fruit to consumers

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February 13, 2024

Jessica Chitwood-Brown grew up in rural Alma, Arkansas, where she rode horses, fished with her dad and played at the marina.  She also recalls participating in the Crawford County Fair, going to football games on Friday nights, horse ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Cultivars, Entomology, Flavor, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Horticultural Sciences, Jack Rechigl, Jay Scott, Jessica Chitwood-Brown, Kevin Wang, Machine Harvesting, Plant Pathology, Prec-ag, Precision Ag, Sam Hutton, Sustainable Agriculture, Tomato Breeding, University Florida, University Of Arkansas, Yield

AI-powered app can detect poison ivy

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January 23, 2024

Poison ivy ranks among the most medically problematic plants. Up to 50 million people worldwide suffer annually from rashes caused by contact with the plant, a climbing, woody vine native to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Western ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Algorithm, App, Artificial Intelligence, Detection, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Horticultural Sciences, Nathan Boyd, Poison Ivy, Precision Ag, Renato Herrig
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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

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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

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

Full steam ahead: Warm vapor and a low-dose herbicide control harmful citrus weed

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December 19, 2023

Weeds have the potential to reduce Florida’s citrus crop by up to 30% annually. They compete with citrus trees for resources like water, light and nutrients, which can significantly reduce yield and fruit quality. Goat weed, a native perennial, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering, Citrus, Goat Weed, Herbicide, Horticultural Sciences, Paraquat, Ramdas Kanissery, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, STEAM, Yiannis Ampatzidis

Successful science: Mesh now covers about 1 million citrus trees in Florida, keeping Asian citrus psyllids at bay

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November 29, 2023

As recently as five years ago, Florida citrus growers did not routinely put protective covers on their trees as part of their grove management. Now, the mesh covers at least 1 million trees on about 17,000 acres, mostly thanks to successful ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Asian Citrus Psyllid, Chlorophyll, Citrus, Citrus Greening Disease, Fernando Alferez, Horticultural Sciences, Individual Protective Covers, IPC, Mesh, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, Tree Health

New genetic finding could pave way for fall blueberries in Florida

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November 28, 2023

Fall is not normally when you find Florida-grown blueberries at the grocery store. But that may change, thanks to University of Florida researchers. This comes as good news for consumers and growers, who would be able to expand their market ... READ MORE

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Tags: Blueberries, Blueberry Breeding Program, Fall, Genes, Gerardo Nunez, Horticultural Sciences, Mariana Neves Da Silva, Patricio Munoz, UF/IFAS CALS

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

UF part of multi-institutional, $22M cereal crops project funded by USAID


November 2, 2023

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced the creation of the Feed the Future Climate Resilient Cereals Innovational Lab, or CRCIL, to improve lives around the world by making cereal crops more readily available to those most at ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Charlie Messina, Climate Resilient Cereals Innovational Lab, Feed The Future, Horticultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences Department, Usaid

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