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Category: AGRICULTURE

Global gardeners help UF tomato breeding program; will send growth, flavor data to lab

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across… Read More

New podcast explains how prescribed fire helps plants, animals and people

You might already know that prescribed fires help prevent potentially dangerous wildfires. But did you also know that they help conserve plants and animals in our natural areas? [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]A new podcast from… Read More

UF study on termites’ evolution tells us they are much more than wood-eating roaches

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Go beyond our common perceptions of termites, like a University of Florida scientist did, and you’ll find they do much more than eat wood and destroy homes, other buildings and trees.   Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor… Read More

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp virtual workshop available Jan. 11

The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is launching a virtual workshop with research and program updates, available online beginning January 11 for $40. The workshop consists of a collection of pre-recorded lectures and prepared documents… Read More

UF researchers awarded $1.8M to improve nutrient management of Suwannee Valley farms

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley recently received a $1.8 million award for a 5-year project to develop precision nutrient application methods for the… 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

UF researchers develop corn that can weather warming planet

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Climate change will affect many agricultural crops, and field corn is likely no exception. Field corn, the starchy cousin of sweet corn, is a globally important cereal grain used in livestock feed and other products…. Read More

Cracking the code on growing vanilla: DNA mystery uncovered by latest UF/IFAS research in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed a tool to unlock the genetic traits that pinpoint the vanilla variety that produces an abundance of beans, grows efficiently and sustainably, with consumer-approved taste. As… Read More

In story of blueberries and bees, scientists play matchmaker

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Chew on this the next time you eat a blueberry: [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Every single blueberry is the result of a flower that was pollinated by a bee.[/inlinetweet] In other words: No buzz, no berry…. Read More