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Category: UF/IFAS Research

Researching the Next Niche Crop in South Florida: New Breeds of Pumpkins, Calabazas Making Headway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and… Read More

There’s Plenty to See, Do, Learn: UF Open House on Dec. 4 Invites Community to Engage with Science

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is committed to discovering science-based solutions that make tangible positive impacts on the lives of people worldwide. On December 4, the… Read More

UF Study: Wildflowers on Golf Courses Help Pollinators, Save Resources

A new study from the University of Florida/IFAS shows that planting wildflowers on golf courses not only benefits pollinating insects but also saves time and resources. “Putting wildflowers on golf courses to help pollinators isn’t… Read More

South Florida Community, UF/IFAS TREC Celebrate 90 Years of Milestones for Agricultural Sustainability

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – State representatives, Miami Dade city officials, South Florida business leaders, and residents gathered for an evening themed One Night in the Tropics to celebrate the rich history of a Homestead agricultural icon… 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… Read More

Aiming to Improve Production of Florida Grapefruit, UF/IFAS Student Earns Fourth Academic Scholarship

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Dinesh Phuyal, who is pursuing a master’s degree in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, recently garnered a prestigious Yara North… Read More

Growing Batty: UF/IFAS Researchers Discover That Rare Bats Pollinate Durian Trees

Every October, creatures of the night await their once-a-year opportunity to go forth and feast upon sweet treats offered abundantly throughout the neighborhood. A typical Halloween in Florida? An event celebrating Bat Week, observed internationally… Read More

As Florida grows, Low-Impact Development could offer protection for waterways

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension is working with local communities to educate and encourage sustainable water runoff solutions amidst Florida’s rapid growth. Low-impact development (LID) is a design… Read More

Spooky Insect Facts Unveil How Cannibalism Is All About Recycling

By Thomas Chouvenc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology DAVIE, FL- Insects can be a great source of material for spookiness during this Halloween time of the year. In addition to your usual spider or creepy-crawler,… Read More