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Tag: UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center

University of Florida faculty joins national team awarded $7.5M USDA-NIFA grant

Apple and pecan orchards are growing vulnerable to nonnative ambrosia beetles. Often considered as invasive pests, these groups of beetles cultivate and rely on ambrosia fungi for nutrition. The ambrosia beetles, which make up more than 400 species,… Read More

New fungus brings truffle-like fungi, wilting leaves, unpleasant smell in potted Boston Ferns

Boston ferns, cultivated by Florida growers since 1912, are a popular consumer choice on porches, balconies, patios and landscapes for their tropical look. A popular and profitable item grown in nurseries, the species can be damaged by fungal… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry, water quality initiatives

University of Florida scientists hope to boost the shellfish aquaculture industry severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists will use a $100,000 grant awarded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to capture statewide data needed from shellfish farmers and… Read More

Community moved to sponsor UF/IFAS graduate housing, tomorrow’s scientists

On Nov. 6, the University of Florida research facility that has attracted world-class scientists and graduate students from all around the world to Homestead, will serve as the host site for the 7th annual One Night in the… Read More

Mark your calendars for One Night in the Tropics on November 6 – A UF/IFAS event for graduate housing

In the heart of Homestead sits a site that is unique to the fabric of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) known as the Tropical Research and Education Center. On Nov. 6, the… Read More

Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers, who currently favor… Read More

Fall may be prime for specialty pumpkins, but June is just right for growing calabaza

Looking to grow your own pumpkins? Then don’t let the summer go by without planning for calabaza in the ground. If you live in the south or central Florida growing zone, June is prime time. Northern Florida counties… Read More

UF/IFAS, Miami chocolatier cook up winning recipes with Florida-grown vanilla

• Vanilla, an expensive ingredient to import and buy, is the basis of a project led by a UF/IFAS scientist in Homestead to establish a south Florida-grown vanilla industry based on the bean. • The content of vanillin… Read More

UF/IFAS Tropical Fruit Tuesdays sows what you need to grow, maintain tropical fruit trees

Tropical Fruit Tuesdays offer homeowners and commercial growers the latest information on what fruit trees to select, grow and manage in the Sunshine State’s tropical regions. The virtual workshop, launched as a call to action after the onset… Read More