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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

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

Eating from Backyard Gardens in South Florida

The pandemic of 2020 has many families faced with job loss, reduced income, and tight budgets leading to limited food options. Food donation lines are long. Many are in need. Farmers are making local produce available directly to… Read More

Winter’s great for planting tomatoes

A growing mecca Some northerners, (from Georgia north!) don’t understand Florida’s vegetable growing season. Northern states are, after all, used to producing vegetables all summer. In Florida, from October until spring, lots of food travels out of state… Read More

The insidious two-spotted spider mite

Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants.  Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap from leaves causing decline… Read More

A bug is afoot – a leaf-footed bug

One spring/summer plant pest that really bugs me is the leaf-footed bug.  Just as its name implies, the back legs of this insect have  leaf-like projections easily seen by the naked eye.  The leaf-footed bug attacks many types… Read More