Category: Natural Resources

New UF Soil and Water Sciences Chair Sees Opportunity in Florida’s Water Challenges

Above: Matt Whiles conducting research in the field.  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing up in the Midwest, Matt Whiles learned quickly that the best place to find his favorite critters—insects, reptiles and amphibians—was around streams and wetlands. Water meant… Read More

UF Hosts International Forest Health Expert

By Kim Scotto GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world is more interconnected than ever. Globalization allows for vast economic growth and development. However, there can be unintended consequences – the introduction of potentially threatening non-native species into new ecosystems…. Read More

UF/IFAS CALS Alumni Earn Leadership Positions with the Society of American Foresters

By Kim Scotto and Dana Edwards GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After becoming involved with the Society of American Foresters (SAF) as students at the University of Florida, two alumni of the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)… Read More

Younger Generation Bringing New Energy to UF/IFAS Master Gardeners as Program Celebrates 40 Years in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Angie Dixon, 38, was working long hours as a project manager, but would spend weekends trolling plant shows and local community gardens. Though she loved everything about plants, she knew nothing about gardening. “I figured… Read More

UF/IFAS Researcher: Arbor Day a Great Way to Remember Importance of Trees

ORLANDO, Fla. – With Florida’s Arbor Day on Jan. 18, more local municipalities are looking for ways to recognize the importance of trees in urban areas. Orlando has a tree giveaway program, while Tampa is currently working to… Read More

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the… Read More

UF/IFAS Plant Camp applications available from Dec. 12 to Feb. 17

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Teachers, it’s that time of year again. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will have applications for its popular and free 2019 Plant Camp. Applications will be accepted from Dec. 12… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS Student to Explore Antarctic Lake with National Team

… GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This December, a University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate student will head far south to the cold of Antarctica. On Dec. 2, Christina Davis, a microbiology and cell science Ph.D…. Read More