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Category: AGRICULTURE

Florida-grown coffee? How UF scientists are using AI to serve up the possibilities

Coffee plants in the field

Most of the world’s coffee is grown in tropical regions. However, a changing climate could allow coffee to grow farther north — for example, in Florida. To understand how that might work, scientists with the… Read More

UV system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the… Read More

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

image - formossan, west indian drywood and asian subterranean termites

Termite Awareness Week 2021 takes place March 7-13 Some people mistakenly think termites are only busy during this time of the year. UF/IFAS researchers in Davie, Florida, show us otherwise. While termites are often noticed… Read More

New white, red varieties from UF/IFAS featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

PLANT CITY, Fla. — If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for… Read More

UF research finds genetic markers for cattle health, growth

By DeLene Beeland New University of Florida research findings could improve cattle breeding by giving ranchers desirable traits such as faster animal growth and greater resistance against disease. In their study, researchers uncovered links between… Read More

UF/IFAS indigo field trials yield success as synthetic dyes lose appeal

image- indigo field trial 2019 at TREC

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have just completed a series of field trials designed to test the viability of growing the indigo plant that produces the iconic natural blue… Read More

Barn owl conservation efforts in South Florida — a soaring success for species, growers, environment

image- barn owl babies in barn owl nesting boxes at EAA

Rodents are responsible for millions of dollars in damage to crops and farm equipment each year. Through the University of Florida Barn Owl Project in the Everglades Agricultural Area, a beneficial relationship has quietly thrived… Read More

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than… Read More

UF scientists look to space to help ranchers on Earth

Houston, we’re fixing a problem. Besides serving as a place for cattle to live, eat and sleep, Florida’s ranchlands also are often large, complex ecosystems that provide food and habitat for wildlife and water to… Read More