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Federal grant funds UF/IFAS soil health and citrus study

By: Mike Loizzo A team of UF/IFAS researchers is looking into how changes in soil health impact citrus and other sub-tropical tree crops. Specifically, they will examine how quickly soil health can change in Florida’s sub-tropical sandy soils… Read More

UF scientists study how to breed faster-growing plants

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. – In order to improve photosynthesis in plant leaves, two University of Florida scientists will study their roots and stems. More specifically, Christopher Vincent and Fred Gmitter hope to find the optimal relationship between citrus… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie Ellis of the… Read More

UF researchers receive a multi-million grant to improve food safety in fresh produce

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Outbreaks of foodborne diseases threaten the daily lives of millions of Americans, resulting in recalls and sometimes loss of life. Providing an integrated food safety system for fresh fruits and vegetables that… Read More

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of different cover crops… Read More

As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty to use $141M in research funding to improve corn, manage citrus greening, suppress mosquito-borne diseases and more

Scientists at UF/IFAS are using this year’s allotment of $141 million in research funding to develop better sweet corn, improve cow-calf breeding, make further progress toward controlling citrus greening disease and more. Robert Gilbert, dean of UF/IFAS Research… Read More

Scientists to study crippling tomato disease to lay groundwork for prevention

A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick… Read More