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UF Professor Emeritus Inducted into Florida Forester Hall of Fame

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eric Jokela, University of Florida professor emeritus, will be inducted this month into the Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected for their outstanding contributions… Read More

New Extension agent builds on legacy of those before her

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — When you meet Ajia Paolillo, you might think that everything old is new again. That’s because Paolillo, the new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus agent… Read More

Scientists close in on explaining confounding predator-prey cycle

It’s a photo often found in biology textbooks: a snowshoe hare runs from a Canada lynx through a snowy Arctic clearing, a classic representation of predator versus prey. This snapshot in time also represents one of the biggest… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to present history of vegetable pests, sees hope with collaboration

About the time Hugh Smith was a graduate student in entomology and nematology at the University of Florida, his academic department was housed on the top floor of McCarty Hall in Gainesville. Steinmetz Hall, the department’s current location,… Read More

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida… Read More

Florida Strawberry Festival’s featured fruit comes from UF/IFAS research

PLANT CITY, Fla. — When you hear the words “Plant City,” what comes to mind? Strawberries, probably. As thousands of people come here for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various types of the… Read More

UF professor honored as 2020 Outstanding Educator by Southern Weed Science Society

By Shelby Oesterreicher GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) recognized University of Florida professor Stephen Enloe with its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award (OEA) at the organization’s 73rd annual meeting in late January in Biloxi, Mississippi. Enloe is a… Read More

UF Researchers Link Gene from Ancient Virus with Plant Stature

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from the University of Florida links the ability of plants to grow to great heights to a 500-million-year-old interaction between a virus and a type of algae. “The majority… 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