Tag: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

New UF/IFAS Kits to Help Citrus Growers

Florida’s citrus growers can soon get additional help in managing citrus greening through the newly developed UF/IFAS Citrus Nutrition Program. The basis for the program is to improve the overall health and productivity of citrus groves affected by… Read More

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center to Add Student Housing

WHO: Southwest Florida agricultural leaders, farmers, producers, local business people, friends of UF/IFAS and UF/IFAS faculty and staff. WHAT: Join Southwest Florida agricultural leaders, business people and UF/IFAS scientists, administrators and friends as they break ground for a… Read More

Cloud-Based Software Helps Farmers on the Ground

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — A University of Florida agricultural engineer has developed software that can help farmers find the best places to plant crops and to identify fruit and vegetable varieties that perform better against diseases. Now, Yiannis Ampatzidis… Read More

UF Breaks Ground on New Graduate Student Housing in Immokalee

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When Ibukun “Timothy” Ayankojo moved from Ibadan, Nigeria, to Immokalee, Florida, the difference in population from 3 million to about 24,000 was an adjustment. With that difference in population, Ayankojo saw graduate student housing availability… Read More

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural… Read More

Learn Technology at Citrus Farm Field Day at UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

WHO: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and growers. WHAT: Come to the Citrus Farm and Field Day at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center and learn the latest about… Read More

AI Could Help Citrus Growers Find, Detect Dangerous Psyllids

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Precision agriculture engineer Yiannis Ampatzidis sees a day when citrus farmers use artificial intelligence to detect the pin-sized insects that can infect the fruit’s trees with the deadly greening disease. That day could come in… Read More

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease. Ozgur Batuman,… Read More

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural… Read More