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Category: Natural Resources

UF scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

RUSKIN, Fla. — In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to… Read More

UF/IFAS study connects how health status of American Crocodiles is influenced by salinity levels in Florida Everglades

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In Florida, the threatened American Crocodile plays an important role in the waterways and environment that we live in and enjoy. Among their attributes, their health, breeding and survival status tell us a lot about… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

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Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a… Read More

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

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Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the… Read More

UF research aims to help reduce nitrogen flow into Tampa Bay

Not all algal blooms are harmful, but Amanda Muni-Morgan hopes to eventually mitigate the impacts of nutrients going into Tampa Bay. Those nutrients – often brought to the estuary by stormwater runoff — can fuel… Read More

Friends, neighbors help influence our irrigation decisions, UF research shows

Are you going to water your lawn today? It sounds like an innocuous question. But irrigation takes on a new context when you consider the potential of peer pressure on outdoor watering habits. When you… Read More

Want to help insects? Create flower ‘billboards’ in your landscape, new research says

Blanketflower with bee. Photo credit: Geena Hill

Insect populations are declining. New research from University of Florida gives homeowners new guidance on how to maximize their landscape’s benefit to insects. Grouping flowering plant species together in a mass of color creates a… Read More