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UF researchers find genes responsible for several flavor compounds in strawberries


August 10, 2022

In their quest to improve strawberry flavor, University of Florida scientists have found the genes behind several aromatic chemicals that enhance the fruit’s taste. These findings will help UF/IFAS researchers Vance Whitaker and Seonghee ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness
Tags: Aroma, Compounds, Consumers, Flavor, Genetics, Growers, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Plant Breeding, Seedlings, Strawberries, Taste, Vance Whitaker, Zhen Fan

UF study shows why ‘aromatic’ blueberries taste better


August 3, 2022

They may be called “aromatic” blueberries, but they don’t just smell nice -- they taste good. University of Florida scientists now know why: These fruits contain just the right genetic combination to produce the chemistry required for ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Aroma, Charles Sims, Consumers, Flavor, Food Science And Human Nutrition, Horticultural Sciences, Patricio Munoz, Plant Breeding, Taste, Terpene, UF Sensory Laboratory, Volatiles

UF releases 4 new caladium varieties as Florida continues to lead the world in production of this popular ornamental


June 14, 2022

Caladium lovers owe Florida a debt of gratitude. The Sunshine State serves as the sole source of caladiums for the world, satisfying the needs of growers and consumers. “Caladiums love summer rains and heat and thrive in our climate,” ... READ MORE

Category: SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Caladiums, Cultivars, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Plant Breeding, Zhanao Deng

Brewers savor the candy flavor of some Florida-grown hops


June 7, 2022

Brewers like the flavor and aroma that come from Florida-grown Cascade hops, says a University of Florida Extension agent. They say it tastes a little like candy. Matt Smith admits his sample size is small thus far – only seven brewers ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness
Tags: Aroma, Brewers, Cascade, Craft Beer, Flavor, Florida Grown, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hops, LED Lighting, Matt Smith, Plant Breeding, Tampa Bay, Trials, UF IFAS Extension, Zhanao Deng

New UF/IFAS professor to combine AI and plant breeding; teach tomorrow’s AI innovators


May 24, 2022

As a child in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos “Charlie” Messina knew he wanted to help people produce food worldwide, while also preserving the environment. But learning about agriculture in a big city wasn’t easy. Fortunately, his ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: #aiatuf, Agricultural And Biological Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Buenos Aires, Charlie Messina, Crop Models, Drought, Flood, Genomics, Horticultural Sciences, Jim Jones, Meteorology, Plant Breeding
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UF/IFAS, Mississippi State seek input to assess potential expansion of U.S. passion fruit industry


May 19, 2022

With demand for passion fruit growing in the United States, researchers are exploring how domestic production of this sought-after fruit could expand, thanks to a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Food Is Our Middle Name, Jonathan Crane, Mississippi State University, Passion Fruit, Plant Breeding, UF/IFAS Plant Breeding, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center

UF scientists may have found a way to more efficiently apply genome editing to plant breeding


May 19, 2022

New research led by a University of Florida scientist shows a development regulator can help plants grow. In the bigger picture, the study’s results also may help genome editing and as a result, plant breeding. Development regulators are ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Alfred Huo, Development Regulator, DNA, Genome Editing, Horticultural Sciences, Mid-Florida Research And Education Center, Petri Dish, Plant Breeding, Snapdragons, Tomatoes

Strawberry growers globally could benefit from UF/IFAS research into dangerous disease


May 11, 2022

Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes. The key: combine genomic data with phenomics. The genome amounts to all the DNA in an organism. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Detection, Disease, Genes, Genomics, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Horticultural Sciences, Phenomics, Plant Breeding, Powdery Mildew, Ronald Tapia, Sensor, Seonghee Lee, Strawberries, Vance Whitaker

Tour an orchard as part of inaugural UF/IFAS blackberry growing conference May 25


May 4, 2022

Several years ago, farmers asked University of Florida scientists to help them produce blackberries as part of an effort to test whether so-called “alternative” crops could grow in the Sunshine State. For alternative crops, think hops, ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Alternative Crops, Blackberries, Cultivars, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Orchard, Plant Breeding, University Of Arkansas

Say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ with a plant – maybe even one bred by UF/IFAS


April 28, 2022

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, you can make mom feel special in any number of ways: Some of your options include fixing her breakfast, taking her out for dinner and/or buying her flowers or a plant. Mother’s Day is May 8, and flora ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Caladium, Coleus, David Clark, Environmental Horticulture, Family, Gift, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Joanna Courtemanche, Mother's Day, Petunia, Plant Breeders, Plant Breeding, Plants, Zhanao Deng

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