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At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

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As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like the rest of… Read More

New food and resource economics researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

image- Dr. Trend Blare - TREC - Natural resource economics assistant professor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers.He worked directly with small growers to give them a competitive… Read More

Two UF/IFAS professors named 2020-21 Fulbright Scholars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is pleased to announce that Jiri Hulcr and Andrea Lucky have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards in Research and Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of… Read More

UF researchers receive a multi-million grant to improve food safety in fresh produce

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Outbreaks of foodborne diseases threaten the daily lives of millions of Americans, resulting in recalls and sometimes loss of life. Providing an integrated food safety system for fresh fruits and vegetables that… Read More

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of different cover crops… Read More

Season 2 of Bite-sized Science and Seafood at Your Fingertips webinars begin this week

By RHETT REGISTER GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. EST from September 15 through December 10 (except for the week of Thanksgiving), Florida Sea Grant will provide live, online classes on coastal topics. “Bite-sized… Read More

As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

UF researchers ask, ‘What if oncologists thought like ecologists?’

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Above: Like ants in a colony, cancer cells must communicate with each other to survive. Getty Images What do wildlife and cancer cells have in common? Quite a lot, argues a new article authored by University of Florida… Read More

‘GatorByte’ to detect water quality less expensively – and at different places, times

A water-quality buoy called ‘GatorByte” might help resource managers monitor water quality over space and time – all for as little as $1,500. Eban Bean, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), is working on… Read More