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Category: Natural Resources

UF/IFAS urban forestry agent honored by national society

SEFFNER, Fla. — In his 15 years with UF/IFAS, Extension forester Rob Northrop has worked with scientists to bring much-needed tree shade to the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. His work is now being recognized nationally…. Read More

Florida urban tree canopy gives oxygen, shade — saves $4 billion a year

Trees give us shade to cool off and oxygen to breathe – and they provide Florida cities with $4 billion in benefits a year, collectively, UF/IFAS researchers say. These include savings in air pollution removal,… Read More

USDA-NIFA Awards UF/IFAS Faculty with National Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Nov. 4, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food… Read More

University of Florida graduate students to host three free electronic field trips

By Jarred Shellhouse Agricultural education and communication graduate students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are hosting a free electronic field trip series for middle and high school students in Florida and… Read More

Study: Microbes escape wildland fires on smoke particle ‘life rafts’

Prescribed fire at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and also lots of microorganisms, according to a new study from the University of Florida. For the first time, researchers have measured the number of microbes in smoke from… Read More

New study on mercury contamination has global implications for wildlife conservation

great egret walking through the water

Ecologists have long known that mercury contamination reduced the number of viable offspring animals produce. Now, new research indicates that mercury may also make animals less likely to mate in the first place, suggesting that… Read More

Blue-green algal blooms polluting your ponds? UF/IFAS scientists empower communities with resources

blue green algae

For decades, stormwater ponds have served master-planned communities and commerce parks with environmental and aesthetic benefits. In some cases, these same stormwater ponds, have developed excessive amounts of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, blooming… Read More

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling… Read More

Study: For monarch butterflies, plant variety is the spice of life

Monarch butterfly on flower

As monarch butterflies make their transcontinental migration this month across North America, they will depend on milkweed plants to produce the next generation of this iconic butterfly species, which has seen declines of more than… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

awards and recognitions

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie… Read More