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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

University of Florida citrus faculty secure federal funding in ongoing fight against citrus greening

LAKE ALFRED, Fla — University of Florida citrus researchers continue to provide innovative leadership in the fight against the devastating disease Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Emergency… Read More

Helping smaller farms make more profitable hiring decisions

A NIFA-funded, University of Florida-led project will develop a software for small- and medium-sized farms to calculate potential labor costs and weigh hiring decisions in terms of long- and short-term profitability. The tool will be downloadable and allow… Read More

UF/IFAS soil and water sciences faculty to address shortage of data scientists

A grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will address a shortage of data scientists in the fields of soil and water sciences. The goal is to develop future leaders in soil health research… Read More

AI could reduce the amount farmers spray to control strawberry pest

Artificial intelligence that might use smartphone images could lead to more accurate, early detection of a pest that ruins strawberries, a $300 million dollar-a-year industry in Florida. University of Florida scientists have developed a smartphone app to detect… Read More

University of Florida citrus faculty highly sought after as research partners in fight against greening

By: Ruth Borger, 517-803-7631, rborger@ufl.edu   MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-852641(cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu   University of Florida citrus researchers continue to be sought out as partners in ground-breaking research projects to fight Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease.  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture… Read More

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of different cover crops… Read More