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Tag: Horticultural Sciences

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

From family farm to studying stone fruit, UF professor edits new pomegranate book

Growing up in Iran, Ali Sarkhosh worked on the family’s pomegranate farm, which has thrived for four generations. Later, at the University of Tehran, Sarkhosh wrote both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on pomegranate genetic diversity and… Read More

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens between the farm… Read More

New chair: Christopher Gunter to lead UF horticulture programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christopher Gunter joins the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as professor and chair of the horticultural sciences department. His official start date is June 7. As the new chair, Gunter… Read More

As peach harvest begins, UF scientists find rootstocks that survive flooding

As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida. Those growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding because it can damage peach trees permanently and… Read More

UF scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into the fruit. Consumer panels are the tried-and-true method for UF researchers to gauge whether new… Read More

With beginning of Florida blueberry season comes new UF/IFAS variety

As April starts this week, we’re getting into another Florida blueberry season and the sweet taste that comes with the fruit. You can pick them yourself or buy them from the store. Recently, the University of Florida developed… Read More

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

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… Read More