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Category: UF/IFAS Research

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 American Crop Innovation… Read More

UF Agronomy Chair Earns Crop Science Society of America’s Top Honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Diane Rowland may be just a few months into leading the University of Florida/IFAS agronomy department, but the leadership she’s long displayed in her field will soon garner her a prestigious honor. Each year, the… 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 Oct. 24-31? Not… 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 approach for real… 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, there are many… Read More

Blame Your Parents for What Satisfies Your Sweet Tooth

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When presented with a bowl of Halloween treats, most people probably know their top pick immediately. Chocolate? Fruity? A salty/sweet mix? According to the University of Florida’s pre-eminent expert on human taste perception, your family… Read More

‘Lost in the Weeds?’ Guide Sifts Through the Differences Among Non-Native Plant Lists

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With subtropical to tropical climates, the entire state of Florida is a biodiverse haven where many native and non-native plant species thrive. But over the years, many non-native invasive varieties have been introduced throughout the… Read More

Fourth Citrus Nutrition Workshop Added, Prompted by Strong Grower Interest

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to strong grower interest, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has added a fourth event to its roster of citrus nutrition workshops this fall. The event happens 9:30 a.m. to… Read More

Citrus soil health an important part of overall tree health

UF/IFAS will host a field day focused on improving citrus soil health, a topic of growing interest to researchers and growers. With the challenges of citrus greening, there is an increased need for understanding overall tree health including… Read More

New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

By: Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center… Read More