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All Florida pesticide exams now available online


August 8, 2022

In Florida, pesticide licensing exams help ensure the state’s approximately 70,000 pesticide applicators are properly certified to follow state regulations and best practices for mitigating the impact of chemicals on the environment. After ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, HOME LANDSCAPES, NATURAL RESOURCES, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brett Bultemeier, News, Pesticide Exam, Pesticide Information Office
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Places at great risk from sea level rise and hurricanes are most densely built, increasing vulnerability


August 3, 2022

Researchers analyzed historical building trends on U.S. coastlines in the projected sea level rise zones. The scientists found that areas within projected sea level rise zones developed more quickly and were more dense than inland urban ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Anna Braswell, Florida Sea Grant, News, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences

Agricultural ‘quarantine’ explained, with two Florida counties under such orders


July 11, 2022

Two Florida counties were put under quarantine in recent weeks, but this has nothing to do with COVID-19. An agricultural quarantine is intended to prevent the spread of invasive species, but the protocols are unrelated to restrictions put ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agricultural Quarantine, Giant African Land Snail, Invasive Species, Oriental Fruit Fly, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Quarantine, Whitney Elmore

UF research: Norms, not knowledge, drive irrigation habits


July 11, 2022

Norms beat knowledge when it comes to irrigating homeowners’ lawns, new University of Florida research shows. For example, science tells us that if you replace at least one-third of the irrigated area of your yard or landscape with non-irrigated ... READ MORE

Category: Lawn, Water
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication, Grass, Homeowners, Irrigation, Knowledge, Landscaping, Laura Warner, Lawns, Norms, Plants, Replacment
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Invasive plants can threaten native species by changing seasonal animal behavior


June 15, 2022

Invasive plants don’t just outcompete native plants but can also change animal behavior in ways that disadvantage native plants as well. Invasive cogongrass is a problem in longleaf pine ecosystems. A new study found that when cogongrass ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, Wildlife
Tags: Cogongrass, Cotton Rat, Jesse Borden, Longleaf Pine, News, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation

UF scientist helps perfect tool to reduce invasive species worldwide


May 31, 2022

A University of Florida scientist is working with a global research team to help control plants, animals and fish before they become invasive. To do this, resource managers first need protocols. In addition to preserving natural, native fishing ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species
Tags: Aquatic Invasives, Fisheries, Global, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Jeff Hill, Protocols, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
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Are you ready for a hurricane? How to prepare for Florida storm season


May 26, 2022

Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but it’s never too early to prepare. As a matter of fact, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center are already issuing daily reports about tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean amid a ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, HOME LANDSCAPES, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, Water
Tags: Hurricane Season
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A new study outlines the do’s and don’ts of managing invasive lionfish


May 24, 2022

Native to the Indo-Pacific, lionfish cause problems when introduced to areas outside their native range. Two invasions are underway: one in the western Atlantic, and one in the Mediterranean Sea. Now scientists are applying lessons learned ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Holden Harris, Lionfish, Nature Coast Biological Station

Researchers show how forested areas affect water resources in Florida


May 23, 2022

When rain falls on a forest, some of that water eventually flows into water bodies like rivers, wetlands, and aquifers. Scientists call this flow of water forest water yield, and how much water yield is produced depends on several factors. ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, NATURAL RESOURCES, Water
Tags: Ecosystem Services, Matthew Cohen, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Soil Moisture Sensor

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