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Category: Forests

UF Professor Emeritus Inducted into Florida Forester Hall of Fame

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eric Jokela, University of Florida professor emeritus, will be inducted this month into the Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected for their outstanding contributions… Read More

Scientists close in on explaining confounding predator-prey cycle

It’s a photo often found in biology textbooks: a snowshoe hare runs from a Canada lynx through a snowy Arctic clearing, a classic representation of predator versus prey. This snapshot in time also represents one of the biggest… Read More

UF Researchers Link Gene from Ancient Virus with Plant Stature

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study from the University of Florida links the ability of plants to grow to great heights to a 500-million-year-old interaction between a virus and a type of algae. “The majority… Read More

UF launches new online graduate certificate program addressing nuisance plants

As a youngster growing up in Buffalo, New York, Mike Sowinski wanted to work with bald eagles. Through his college biology and fisheries management courses, he became interested in what the birds eat – fish. Sowinski established a… Read More

Florida Chapter of ISA Infuses UF/IFAS Arboriculture Research with $320K in Grants

DAVIE, Fla. — A lethal plant hopper species is slowly killing our Florida landscape of palm trees. Meanwhile, there are wood-decaying fungi causing several urban tree species to develop root and trunk rot affecting their stability. While scientists… Read More

Battling Invasive Plants Good Investment, but More Funding Needed, Study Finds

For decades, Florida communities have battled invasive plants on land and water. These plants disrupt native ecosystems and livelihoods, and more arrive each year. Now a new study from the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy shows… Read More

Hurricane Michael continues to hamper Georgia, Florida agriculture

By Adam N. Rabinowitz and Christa Court On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a Category 5 hurricane, with peak, sustained winds estimated at 160 mph. It was the strongest hurricane on… Read More

Celebrate Earth Day with UF/IFAS

Every Earth Day needs a scientific perspective. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has hundreds of scientists and educators ready to share scientific insights into today’s most important environmental issues. See below to some… Read More