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Category: Agriculture

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to print 54,000 pages… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie Ellis of the… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension works with FDACS to help farmworkers stay safe from COVID

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By Lourdes Rodriguez and Brad Buck UF/IFAS Extension experts are communicating with agricultural workers to connect them with COVID-19 free testing, safety information and training – a role they have been serving throughout the pandemic.   UF/IFAS Extension agents are partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), county health agencies… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists to develop methodology for measuring crop evapotranspiration using sensors, drones, artificial intelligence

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The sight of sprinklers running on a rainy day is not uncommon in Florida. The same goes for seeing landscapes scorched by the sun during one of Florida’s sweltering days when irrigation schedules were left… Read More

Scientists work to cut greenhouse gases, one cow burp at a time

The sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique allows scientists to measure the amount of methane emitted from the animal’s mouth and nose

Above: The sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique allows scientists to measure the amount of methane emitted from the animal’s mouth and nose. Photo credit: Nicolas DiLorenzo When you first learn that cows produce methane, a greenhouse gas, you might… Read More

COVID-19 risk factors vary by farm workers’ legal status; shows need for tailored measures

As laborers return to the fields this fall in Florida, both unauthorized workers and those authorized to plant and pick crops through a guest worker visa are vulnerable to the coronavirus. In fact, an estimated 75% of Florida… Read More

Hurricane Sally: UF/IFAS research plots destroyed; 4-H Camp Timpoochee loses sea wall

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Hurricane Sally damaged several UF/IFAS facilities and research sites in the Florida Panhandle last week. The teaching, research and outreach activities at these locations support the region’s agricultural and natural resources industries, local residents, families and youth. “All… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologists give reason to celebrate rice in Florida

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Rice, a global grain consumed by more than half the world’s population, totes unique versatility unlike other grains throughout history. Each country and culture has made the grain its own as center of the… Read More