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USDA Grant To Enhance UF/IFAS Vanilla Research, Promote Domestic Industry


January 26, 2022

Whether its cakes or candles, cough drops or cleaning solutions, vanilla is one of the most sought-after and widely used flavoring and aromatic agents applied across industries. As domestic companies pledge to remove artificial vanilla ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Alan Chambers, Sustainable Agriculture, Tropical Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Plant Breeding, UF/IFAS Solutions, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Varieties, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research And Education, USDA-NIFA Organic Agriculture Research And Extension Initiative, Vanilla
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Five UF/IFAS faculty members elected AAAS fellows


January 26, 2022

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected five UF/IFAS faculty members to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS Research
Tags: AAAS Fellows, J. Scott Angle, Katie Sieving, Matias Kirst, Microbiology And Cell Science, News, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences, Tony Romeo, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Yuncong Li

Ag engineer comes ‘home’ to UF/IFAS; uses AI to help reduce farm labor costs


January 25, 2022

Dana Choi grew up in South Korea but considers Florida her second home. She spent several years on the main campus of the University of Florida, getting her master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural and biological engineering from the ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, AGRICULTURE
Tags: #AI, Agricultural And Biological Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Dana Choi, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Robotics, South Korea, Strawberries, Sustainable Agriculture, Tomatoes
tractor spray

Study: White clay spray mix repels major crop pest


January 25, 2022

QUINCY, Fla. --- Tomatoes are big business in Florida, the nation’s top producer of the popular fruit, but an insect no bigger than a grain of rice threatens growers’ fields each season. The whitefly prefers the underside of leaves, enjoying ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Entomology, Josh Freeman, Kaolin, Mathews Paret, North Florida Research And Education Center, Pest Control, Plant Pathology, Tomato, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl, Whiteflies, Whitefly, Xavier Martini
pesticide applicator

Florida pesticide applicators can now take licensing exams online


January 25, 2022

In Florida, pesticide licensing exams help ensure the state’s approximately 70,000 pesticide applicators follow state regulations and best practices for mitigating the impact of chemicals on the environment. Historically, the exam has only ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, HOME LANDSCAPES, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brett Bultemeier, News, Pesticide Information Office
Image - Braham Dhillon of UF IFAS FLREC examines a palm front

UF/IFAS experts address palm pest spreading into two additional South Florida counties- February 9


January 23, 2022

MIAMI-DADE, Fla –  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is holding a free webinar on Phantasma scale, a pest affecting palms and other ornamental plants detected late last year in St. Lucie and Martin counties. In ... READ MORE

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: FDACS ARS, Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services, Phantasma Scale, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County, UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County

Bee appearance and behavior may be related, genetic study reveals


January 18, 2022

Recently discovered genetic knowledge of two nuisance western honey bee subspecies will help commercial and hobby beekeepers. A new UF/IFAS study identified genetic characteristics relevant to the production and behavioral attributes of these ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Livestock, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Africanized Bees, Beekeeping, Bees, Entomology, Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services, Genetic Markers, Genetics, Honey Bee Research And Extension Lab, Honey Bees, Honeybee, Insects, UF/IFAS, UFHoneyBee, UFHoneyBeeLab, UFIFASExtension, Usda, USDA APHIS

UF/IFAS, UF College of Medicine combine to offer health screenings for farmworkers


January 18, 2022

WIMAUMA, Fla. --- With about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen as many as possible for various health conditions and give them nutrition information to help improve access to ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication, CAFE Latino, Farmworkers, Health Fair, John Diaz, Plant City, UF Health

Citrus Irrigation and Nutrient Management Workshop Planned for February 8


January 13, 2022

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. --- Citrus growers depend on the latest information regarding the best irrigation and nutrition strategies for growing productive trees. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will share ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE
Tags: Chris Oswalt, Citrus, Citrus Research And Education Center, Citrus Trees, Davie Kadyampakeni, Irrigation, Nutrition, Soil And Water Sciences, Workshop

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