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UF-developed web-based tool helps blueberry growers control disease


August 16, 2022

Anthracnose fruit rot plagues blueberries, especially in Florida. In fact, it’s among the fruit’s most damaging diseases. To manage the disease, farmers normally spray the crop with fungicides, but on a calendar basis – in other words, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, UF/IFAS
Tags: Anthracnose Fruit Rot, Blueberries, Blueberry Advisory System, Doug Phillips, Fungicide, Growers, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Natalia Peres, Plant Pathology, Text Alerts, Web Tool

UF research shows a step toward restoring sea urchins: ‘The lawnmowers of reefs’


August 15, 2022

Coral reef ecosystems are severely threatened by pollution, disease, overharvesting and other factors. For thousands of years, long-spined sea urchins helped keep reefs intact. They eat seaweed, which can kill or seriously damage coral. Without ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Coral Reefs, Ecosystem, Fish, Florida Aquarium, Josh Patterson, Long-spined Sea Urchins, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Sea Urchins, Seaweed, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

New tool helps strengthen local food systems


August 12, 2022

Effective food systems– which include the people, processes and places involved with moving food from local farm to plates – provide equity, sustainability, profitability and resiliency to communities. UF/IFAS researchers conducted a study ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Community Food Systems, Farmers' Market, Farmers' Markets, Food Policy, Food System, Food Systems, Local, Local Food, Local Markets, Small Urban Farm, Small Urban Farms, Toolkit, Urban Agriculture, Urban Food Production

New video explains how gibberellic acid supports citrus trees and reduces fruit drop


August 12, 2022

A treatment to support Florida’s citrus trees needs to be applied now to be most effective. Plant growth regulators are one tool that Florida citrus growers can use to reduce fruit drop. But how and when they are applied on the tree are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Citrus, Citrus Research, Citrus Research And Education Center, Gibberellic Acid, Michael Rogers, Tripti Vashisth, Valencia, Video, Yield

MEDIA ALERT: August 18 honey taste-testing event with UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie, partners, to commemorate World Honey Bee Day


August 11, 2022

WHAT: On August 18, UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County will host a taste-testing of locally grown honey varieties direct from beekeepers. Honey tastings will be available while supplies last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Examples of honey available ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: #Foodisourmiddlename, Food Is Our Middle Name, Honey Bee Research And Extension Lab, Honey Bees, National Honey Bee Day, Pollinators, Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association, UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County, UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, UFIFASExtension, World Honey Bee Day

Find Your Frugal: Save on school lunches


August 11, 2022

About this series Rising costs have brought on rising concerns. The ripple effects of the years-long COVID pandemic continue to surface in economies worldwide, from grocery shelves to gas pumps. In an ongoing effort to help people – ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Find Your Frugal, Rebecca Elliott, School Lunches, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County

UF researchers find genes responsible for several flavor compounds in strawberries


August 10, 2022

In their quest to improve strawberry flavor, University of Florida scientists have found the genes behind several aromatic chemicals that enhance the fruit’s taste. These findings will help UF/IFAS researchers Vance Whitaker and Seonghee ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness
Tags: Aroma, Compounds, Consumers, Flavor, Genetics, Growers, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Plant Breeding, Seedlings, Strawberries, Taste, Vance Whitaker, Zhen Fan

UF/IFAS study highlights the need for more on-the-job safety


August 9, 2022

Some workplaces can be dangerous. In fact, more than 2 million people were injured or got sick in America, while on the job in the private sector in 2021. That’s why University of Florida researcher Serap Gorucu and her colleagues make ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering, Bystanders, Children, Injuries, Machine Operators, Occupational Safety And Health Administration, Serap Gorucu, Serious Injuries, Skid Steer Loaders, Workplace Safety

All Florida pesticide exams now available online


August 8, 2022

In Florida, pesticide licensing exams help ensure the state’s approximately 70,000 pesticide applicators are properly certified to follow state regulations and best practices for mitigating the impact of chemicals on the environment. After ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, HOME LANDSCAPES, NATURAL RESOURCES, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brett Bultemeier, News, Pesticide Exam, Pesticide Information Office
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UF/IFAS scientist develops detection method for lethal palm disease that saves time, money, property


August 7, 2022

About this series A team of UF/IFAS scientists has reached a milestone in the fight against a widespread disease that affects palms throughout the southeastern United States. Caused by a fungus, Ganoderma zonatum, it produces symptoms ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Braham Dhillon, Department Of Plant Pathology, Ganoderma, Ganoderma Zonatum, News, Palm Disease, Palms, Plant Disease, Seemanti Chakrabarti, SFYL HOT TOPIC, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS Research

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