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UF/IFAS indigo field trials yield success as synthetic dyes lose appeal

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have just completed a series of field trials designed to test the viability of growing the indigo plant that produces the iconic natural blue dye used in… Read More

Shellfish may improve water quality in north Florida estuary

A protected estuary in north Florida comprised of the Guana Lake and Guana River is showing signs of pollution. Home to incredibly rich marshes, mounds of mussels and live oyster reefs, scientists are hoping shellfish might be a… Read More

Looking to grow heart-healthy dragon fruit? UF/IFAS scientists offer latest insights on pests, beneficial insects

Dragon fruit, a fruit of choice for its health benefits, has burgeoned in popularity over recent years. The exotic crop has caught the eyes of farmers and consumers alike for its low maintenance and vibrant flowering qualities. Scientists… Read More

Hemp approval program now available from UF/IFAS

MEDIA CONTACT: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-242-8439, rodriguezl@ufl.edu UF/IFAS now has an active and permitted Clonally Propagated Hemp Cultivar Approval Program that is part of the Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Owners of industrial hemp genetics can now submit their varieties… Read More

Philanthropy on Gator Nation Giving Day helps South Florida’s UF graduate students

HOMESTEAD, Fla. –.College graduates need jobs, and they can get them in agriculture and the natural sciences. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in agriculture research, energy management, atmospheric science, conservation and environmental… Read More

Latest non-native lizard to expand in Florida, UF/IFAS scientists warn

Palm trees, beaches and lizards are all common to Florida’s landscape, but did you know not all lizards are native? In fact, University of Florida researchers tell us that there are three times the number of lizards in… Read More

Celebrating avocados July 31st? UF/IFAS researchers making great strides on saving the Florida avocado industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31st, UF/IFAS scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt. Detected in Georgia in 2002,… Read More

In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals and insects to… Read More

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Continues to Take Root, Successes in 2019 Set Course for Continued, Expanded Research in 2020

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Since the Florida State legislature authorized Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects for land grant institutions in 2017, the goal at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been to seek scientific… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientists Generating Recipe for Growing Vanilla in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A tablespoon of vanilla goes a long way. As a key spice in baking, the intoxicating aromatic bean that reminds folks of delicious holiday desserts has a variety of uses throughout the year. As a… Read More