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Nearly half of global septic systems work inadequately; UF scientist urges safety in wake of climate change

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September 12, 2022

Nearly one-fourth of the world’s wastewater comes from residential septic systems, according to the United Nations. But only 48% of such systems adequately treat wastewater. The most common type of septic system includes the tank and a ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Climate Change, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hurricane Season, Leach Field, Low-lying Areas, Mary Lusk, Pathogens, Public Health, Saturation, Septic System, Septic Tank, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Wastewater

UF scientists receive grant to study fumigation impacts on soil health

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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

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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

UF/IFAS researchers share data on copper concentrations in stormwater ponds


July 27, 2020

If you ask the average Floridian what copper sulfate is, chances are most won’t know. But ask them if they’ve ever seen a bright blue stormwater pond and they’ll likely say yes. Copper sulfate kills algae in ponds and changes its color ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Copper Sulfate, Dollarweed, Kylie Chapman, Mary Lusk, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Stormwater Ponds
stormwater pond in Gainesville, Florida

Graduate Student Research Spotlight: Audrey Goeckner


February 5, 2020

Thesis: “Carbon Dynamics of Urban Stormwater Ponds: Burial, Gas Flux, and Dissolved Organic Matter Composition” Topic: Permanently wet stormwater ponds are engineered control systems that are increasing in number on the landscape. Their ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Audrey Goeckner, Mary Lusk, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Stormwater Ponds

New website in development to protect water quality around horse farms

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August 2, 2019

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is funding a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences project to create a new mobile responsive website with an ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Animal Sciences Department, Best Management Practices, Carissa Wickens, FDACS, Horse, Manure, Mary Lusk, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Water Quality

New website designed to protect water quality around horse farms


July 25, 2019

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is funding a UF/IFAS project to create a new mobile responsive website with an interactive farm Best Management Practices evaluation tool. It will allow horse owners to assess ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Best Management Practices, Horse Farm, Manure, Mary Lusk, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department

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