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Category: Crops

Tunnel technology could help Florida blueberry growers, UF/IFAS study suggests

Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Protecting Florida’s $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists part of team set to study integrative pollination of the nation’s specialty crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are part of a team awarded $1.7 million for the first year of a national crop pollination research and outreach project. The U.S…. Read More

UF/IFAS study shows banker plants can protect greenhouse crops from whiteflies, thrips

  Cutlines at bottom GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Keeping valuable greenhouse crops safe from whiteflies and thrips may become easier for producers, thanks to a new study on banker plants from the University of Florida and U.S. Department of… Read More

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doing business with a farmers’ market phony selling non-local food might bother some shoppers, but not all, according to a new University of Florida study.  Shoppers often… Read More

Laurel wilt disease not spread by fruit, seeds from infected avocado trees, UF researchers say

  Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Though laurel wilt remains a top concern for Florida avocado growers, a new University of Florida study is cause for some relief – the disease… Read More

Sept. 18 Science Cafe talk will focus on UF/IFAS space biology research

Click here for high resolution image. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty will lead the first Science Café of the fall, titled “Going Boldly: Astrobiology, Space Biology… Read More

New UF-developed plant databases and models could lead to more nutritious foods

Click here for high-resolution version. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Creating virtual plants could solve real problems, such as reducing vitamin deficiencies in humans, according to University of Florida researchers. They are developing databases and computer models… Read More