New Website Simplifies Connection to UF Experts in Plant Health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maybe it’s a farmer who has spotted an unfamiliar bug in the fields, or a homeowner whose once-healthy garden has developed discoloration on some leaves. In these instances, says the director of the University of… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Use AI to Take the Guesswork out of Fruit Pricing

Pricing fruit comes down to a bit of art and some science for farmers. But new technology from the University of Florida may remove some of that guesswork. “Growers often rely on their gut to estimate a price… Read More

Study: Improved Genetics Have Made Florida Panthers Healthier, More Abundant

Efforts to increase genetic diversity in Florida panthers have helped the endangered animal survive and multiply since the mid-1990s, according to a new study by researchers with the University of Florida (UF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife… Read More

New UF/IFAS Extension Lee County Director to Nurture Area’s Natural Assets

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As he grew up in Bermuda, David Outerbridge saw the natural beauty of the island nation and wanted to preserve it. That environment set the foundation for his new position as director of UF/IFAS… Read More

What’s the Likelihood of a ‘Crawl’ Situation? UF Experts Dispel Alligator Attack Misconceptions

By Lourdes Rodriguez DAVIE, Fla. — With hurricane season 2019 underway in Florida, and the once-endangered American alligator making its population recovery, a new horror film is setting the stage for the perfect opportunity to educate people about… Read More

UF Researchers Link Increasing Seasonal Drought to Longer Fire Seasons

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from University of Florida researchers examines the relationship between wet and dry season length and the potential for lightning-ignited fires. The study, led by faculty from the UF Institute… Read More

Northeast Florida Farms Test ‘Eyes in the Ground’ Through UF Program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farming is a business of uncertainty. Through droughts and downpours, generations of Florida farmers have continued to till the land and contribute to a multibillion-dollar industry for the state. But agricultural innovations aim to minimize… Read More

Eight Things You Didn’t Know About an Iconic Summer Fruit

Watermelons mean summer in most places, but perhaps no more so than in Florida, the country’s number one producer of this quintessential summer fruit. They may be 92 percent water, but there’s more to growing and eating watermelon… Read More