UF experts warn of potential peril caused by ocean acidification

July 11, 2024

The world’s oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which does not bode well for Florida’s 825 miles of coastline. Carbon dioxide can contribute to ocean acidification -- a reduction in the pH of the ocean -- which ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Atmosphere, Carbon Dioxide, Clams, Coral Reef, Emissions, Florida Aquarium, Florida Sea Grant, Josh Patterson, Lisa Krimsky, Marine, Ocean Acidification, Oysters, Pathogens, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Sea Urchins, Water Pollution

UF study reveals environmental impact of artificial sweeteners

July 8, 2024

The human body’s inability to break down sucralose, an artificial sweetener found in many zero-calorie food and drink products, is well established by scientific research. The compound is so stable that it escapes wastewater treatment processing ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Algae, Amelia Westmoreland, Aquatic Biology, Aquatic Environment, Artificial Sweetener, Bacteria, Biology, Cyanobacteria, Diatom, Ecosystem, Envionrmental, Environment, Environmental Impact, Environmental Impacts, Food Chain, IFAS, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Marine, Megan Winslow, Microbial Communities, Microbial Respiration, Nutrient, Photosynthesis, Soil, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Sucralose, Tracey Schafer, UF, UF/IFAS, University Of Florida, Wastewater, Water And Ecosystem Sciences Department, Whitney Laboratory For Marine Bioscience, Zero-calorie

UF scientists plan to study whether cover crops or compost can increase the efficiency, resiliency of tomatoes, other produce

July 2, 2024

Growers are always looking for ways to maintain or increase their yields and boost the ability of their crops to resist pests, diseases and heat brought on by climate change. That’s particularly the case when you grow crops in a high-intensity ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Climate, Compost, Cover Crops, Fertilizer, Fumigation, Grant, High-intensity Production System, National Institute Of Food And Agriculture, Sarah Strauss, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, Tomatoes

Scientists seek public help to prevent spread of invasive soft coral along Florida’s coast

July 1, 2024

Scientists urge divers, recreational charters, residents and visitors exploring the waters of South Florida to look for an invasive soft coral species that has been reported on the nearby surrounding shores of Cuba. The invasive pulse ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Conservation, Invasive Species, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Ana Zangroniz, Aquatic Invasives, Endangered Species Act, Florida Sea Grant, Invasion Science Research Institute, News, Paul Evans, Pulse Coral, Shelly Krueger, U.S. Geological Survey, UF/IFAS Extension
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UF drone camp steers 4-H teens toward future careers

July 1, 2024

While many of his high school classmates relished the lackadaisical days of summer break, Putnam County resident Liam Sayler memorized Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and the basics of aerodynamics. But Liam’s tenacity ultimately ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Camp, Professional Development, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Brittany Hall-Scharf, Camp, Career Development, Dollar Drone Company, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Extension Putnam County, Florida 4-H, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Job Skills, Joseph “Stacy” Strickland, Lance Dollar, Matthew Smith, Megan Winslow, Putnam County Commission, Putnam County Fairgrounds, Tim Wilson, UF/IFAS, University Of Florida, Wendy Mussoline

Estudio evidencia un creciente interés por las costas vivas

June 26, 2024

Creado por Megan Winslow, especialista en relaciones públicas de UF/IFAS.  Promover la idea de instalar una costa viva o costa natural se consideraba una batalla perdida. Savanna Barry recuerda a un colega que intentó presentar el concepto ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Contratista Maritimo, Costa, Costas Naturales, Costas Vivas, Educacion, Espanol, Estudio, Florida Sea Grant, Huracanes, MASGC, Muro De Contencion, Percepcion, Programa De Maestros Naturalistas De Florida De University Of Florida, Regulaciones, Restauracion Costera, Rompeolas, Savanna Barry, Spanish, Temporada De Huracanes, UF/IFAS

Study reveals growing interest in natural shorelines

June 26, 2024

Promoting the idea of installing a living shoreline was once a losing battle. Savanna Barry recalls a colleague who attempted to introduce the concept during a gathering of marine contractors about a decade ago. (more…) READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Bulkhead, Cedar Key, Coast, Coastal, Conservation, Ecosystem, Extension, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, FSG, Hurricane, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Living Shoreline, Marine Contractor, Megan Winslow, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Native Vegetation, Natural, Oyster, Savanna Barry, Seawall, Shore, Shoreline, Stabilize, Storm Surge, UF, UF/IFAS, University Of Florida, Vegetation, Water, Wave Break

New statewide Extension agent will teach stakeholders about food safety

June 26, 2024

Growing up in rural Douglas, Georgia (pop. 11,000), Stephanie Brown actively participated in Future Farmers of America. She also liked to watch cooking shows on TV, and she enjoyed science. But she wasn’t sure how to combine food with science. Flash ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety
Tags: Entrepreneurs, Food Industry, Food Safety Modernization Act, Food Science, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, State Specialized Agent, Stephanie Brown, UF/IFAS Extension

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