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Category: Natural Resources

UF/IFAS plant pathologist helps Jacksonville student succeed in science competition

Jacksonville high school senior Andrew Joseph is what you’d call a self-starter. As a tenth-grader, he read an article about scientists developing disease-resistant transgenic wheat. Andrew was intrigued, but he also asked the question, “what… Read More

UF studies show promise for biological control methods against insect

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, scientists have tried to use environmentally friendly fungi to control fire ant infestations. But the ants’ social behaviors — such as… Read More

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new… Read More

New IFAS study shows corn plants help control major mite pest

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Add one more entry to corn’s list of abilities: helping to biologically control pests. Already a source of food and biofuel, University of Florida… Read More

UF technique to help pine forests adapt to climate change, bioenergy use

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A breakthrough in pine tree breeding will lead to forests better adapted to climate change and bioenergy use, University of Florida researchers report. The… Read More

UF Ordway Swisher finalized as site in large scale ecology project

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has officially partnered with a National Science Foundation-funded program to allow measurements and data collection related to the Earth’s ecological… Read More

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like a pest control technician’s dream come true—eradicating hard-to-reach underground termite colonies by introducing small quantities of a pathogen or parasite,… Read More

Papaya plants reduce the need for pesticides on tomatoes in Florida, new UF study finds

Cutline at bottom. Click here for a high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whiteflies can be biologically controlled in Florida greenhouse tomatoes, according to a new University of Florida study, which helps reduce the need for… Read More