Category: UF/IFAS Research

National Leader Visits UF, Praises UF/IFAS Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

In another clear indication of the University of Florida’s rise toward preeminence, a top federal research official said this week that the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has earned a reputation as one of the… Read More

Cities with Tree Protection Laws Show More Canopy Coverage, Savings

When are trees worth millions of dollars? When they cover parts of your city. Take Tampa, for example, which has established an Urban Forest Management Plan. According to a 2016 assessment by the University of Florida Institute of… Read More

Gov. DeSantis Appoints UF’s Tom Frazer as Chief Science Officer

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that University of Florida scientist Tom Frazer will be the state’s first Chief Science Officer. Frazer will lead efforts to address some of Florida’s most critical environmental challenges, including red tide and harmful… Read More

Tropical Soils ‘Bible’ Updated for Today’s Global Issues

The world population is set to reach 10 billion by 2050, leading many to ask: will we have enough food to feed everyone? “I’m an optimist,” said Pedro Sanchez, professor of tropical soils in the University of Florida… Read More

Weekly Discovery Days Invite Public to Explore Marine Ecology

Who:    UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station What:    Discovery Days are a chance for families and individuals of all ages to get an up-close look at the animals, plants and ecosystems that make up the Nature Coast. Attendees will… Read More

New UF Soil and Water Sciences Chair Sees Opportunity in Florida’s Water Challenges

Above: Matt Whiles conducting research in the field.  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing up in the Midwest, Matt Whiles learned quickly that the best place to find his favorite critters—insects, reptiles and amphibians—was around streams and wetlands. Water meant… Read More

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward off Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease. Ozgur Batuman,… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientist to Work with Team Developing New Greening-Tolerant Citrus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Nian Wang pieces together sequences of genes, he hopes to make citrus varieties that are more tolerant to the deadly disease known as greening, which has devastated a multibillion dollar-a-year industry in Florida. Wang,… Read More