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Category: Horticulture

Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

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Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers,… Read More

What’s that weed? New weed ID video series available

A new video series will help hobby gardeners and professional horticulturalists identify weeds in their gardens and greenhouses. Proper identification helps lower herbicide use and leads to more successful weed management. The free, on-demand video… Read More

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

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Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel

Norma Samuel in a field holding eggplants

Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown:… Read More

New growth chamber facility on UF campus investment in Florida agriculture

A new plant science facility has opened on the main UF campus in Gainesville. The UF/IFAS Growth Chamber Facility will help faculty and students study how changes in climate may impact Florida agriculture. The facility… Read More

UF scientists help thwart disease that can ravage the popular gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisies are popular worldwide for their wide array of brightly colored flowers. They also make great plants for the garden, and their blooms yield long-lasting cut flowers. Many newlyweds use cut gerbera flowers to decorate… Read More

Applications online to join UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Scholarship Program Introduced

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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Like to dabble in your community, church, or school gardens? Like giving your neighbor a helping hand on how to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit? Interested in urban sustainable food systems,… Read More

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas,… Read More

Florida Master Gardener Volunteers help youth grow up Florida-Friendly

Florida students can now learn the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) — guidelines that help yards thrive and protect Florida’s waterways — from a new illustrated book, thanks to UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Volunteers…. Read More

With COVID case concerns in key southeast industries, Department of Health, UF/IFAS Extension amplify workplace safety outreach

A concern for the agribusinesses, pest management and lawn care industries in southeast Florida is the motive behind a bolstered safety initiative led by the collaboration between UF/IFAS and the Department of Health in four… Read More