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New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More

Feeling cooped up in quarantine? UF releases new guide to raising backyard chickens

In the early days of the pandemic, as bare grocery store shelves prompted concerns about the food supply, many became interested in producing more of their food at home. Some flocked to local agricultural feed stores in search… Read More

UF/IFAS needs grower input to better train agricultural workers

By: RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The COVID-19 crisis has hit Florida’s agricultural industry hard with new challenges on how to protect workers who are essential to keeping our nation’s food supply flowing. The UF/IFAS Extension team… Read More

Few aquarium fish come from salt water; with research, that’s changing

Tropical fish hobbyists are pretty serious about their pastime. So much so that it’s a $40 million-a-year industry in the United States. Most of the fish in home tanks come from fresh water. Only about 10% are raised… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

Words to use and to avoid in describing invasive plants and animals

Most people want their yard to look good, but they likely don’t know the differences between an “invasive” plant and a “native” one, say University of Florida researchers. That’s why Basil Iannone and several of his UF/IFAS colleagues… Read More

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Summer Reading List

From classics like “The Land Remembered” to kid-friendly books like “Can you Count the Critters?” the UF/IFAS summer reading list has something for every family member. Each of these reads can be found both online and in-person at… Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Elaine Turner, Innovative CALS Dean

Elaine Turner has only overseen the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since 2014, but she’s already seen monumental strides. In that time CALS has achieved the highest enrollment the college has seen – more than 6,000 total… Read More

Mental health during hurricane season

You have seen the memes that joke about how hurricanes don’t phase Floridians, but in reality, these storms can bring a lot of stress and uncertainty. Heidi Radunovich, a UF/IFAS psychologist, shares tips and tools to keep in… Read More