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Tag: Horticultural Sciences

Citrus Flower Bud Advisories Resume for 2021-22

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida will resume providing growers regular flower bud advisories as the critical time for citrus grove management begins this winter. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences associate professor Tripti Vashisth… Read More

UF research: Mesh covers protect citrus trees from psyllids that transmit greening disease

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — About four years ago, Fernando Alferez started to test if citrus trees grown inside a protective mesh cover could be kept safe from the potential deadly Asian citrus psyllid. The psyllid, a bug the size… Read More

Fighting food waste: Researchers identify broccoli genes that affect freshness

Right now, there is no objective way to predict the shelf life of a given piece of produce. Researchers have identified genes in broccoli that regulate how broccoli degrades after it’s harvested. These insights could ultimately help develop… Read More

UF study: Place bags on peaches to help keep pests, diseases away

Peaches are popular, with annual national production of about 806,000 tons. To help keep pests and diseases from damaging the fruit, growers can place bags around individual peaches, University of Florida researchers say. David Campbell, a UF/IFAS post-doctoral… Read More

Fall: A time to grow and eat your own strawberries at home

While Florida is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world, you can plant strawberries at home now. Yes, fall is officially here – even if the temperatures don’t always match the calendar date. That means the… Read More

‘Dr. Saba’ named Outstanding Graduate Educator by national horticultural society

As a University of Florida professor, Bala Rathinasabapathi spends many hours in the lab and the classroom – not to mention at his office. He puts just as much emphasis on student success as he does on his… Read More

UF students’ peach harvest donated to local food pantries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Students at the University of Florida led the charge to harvest and donate nearly one ton of peaches to Gainesville food pantries. Initiated by horticultural sciences doctoral student Trequan McGee, members from two University of… Read More

UF students’ peach harvest donated to local food pantries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Students at the University of Florida led the charge to harvest and donate nearly one ton of peaches to Gainesville food pantries. Initiated by horticultural sciences doctoral student Trequan McGee, members from two University of… Read More

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Think of University of Florida scientists Nathan Boyd and Arnold Schumann a bit like surgeons. Except in this case, their operating room is a strawberry field. With their research, Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually… Read More

UF/IFAS develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or plant new ones. The UF/IFAS blueberry breeding program has… Read More