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Tag: Horticultural Sciences

World outreach helps strawberry breeding program; UF/IFAS varieties grow in 70 countries

BALM, Florida — UF/IFAS-bred strawberries are grown in over 70 countries across six continents. One of those countries, Egypt, ranks among the top strawberry-producing nations in the world. So, it seems fitting that an Egyptian-American scientist is leading… Read More

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas, coleuses, caladiums and… Read More

UF researchers expand vanilla project; hope to meet consumer, grower demands

You can taste it now. A refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream or a milk shake can be tasty and help cool you down in the sweltering Florida heat. To meet growing consumer demand for vanilla, Alan Chambers,… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

UF/IFAS team aims to increase blackberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Blackberries ripen in Florida in May and June, so it’s an ideal time to be thinking about how to grow more of them. Those who produce blackberries in Florida want to increase their yield, and… Read More

In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals and insects to… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist uses work lessons to succeed in new home working environment

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida scientist Christopher Vincent is used to working with the unknown to learn new grove management practices. As a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences plant… Read More

International student earns doctoral degree to help develop Iraqi horticultural education curriculum

Horticulture is in Kawther Al-Jasim’s DNA. Her mother and father had a farm and always discussed how to care for their trees. “I believe hearing this kind of conversation makes me attached to the plants,” Kawther said. “I… Read More

COVID-19: Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching Online Courses

Written by Dr. Gerardo Nunez, UF/IFAS lecturer and undergraduate advisor When I joined the faculty of the University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS), I – like most instructors –… Read More

Citrus Nutrition Box Program yielding results

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — A recent program encouraging Florida citrus growers to learn more about the nutrient management of their groves is yielding promising results. Nearly 200 growers and industry representatives attended four workshops in… Read More