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As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

image - formossan, west indian drywood and asian subterranean termites

Termite Awareness Week 2021 takes place March 7-13 Some people mistakenly think termites are only busy during this time of the year. UF/IFAS researchers in Davie, Florida, show us otherwise. While termites are often noticed… Read More

UF/IFAS indigo field trials yield success as synthetic dyes lose appeal

image- indigo field trial 2019 at TREC

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have just completed a series of field trials designed to test the viability of growing the indigo plant that produces the iconic natural blue… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Joseph Larkin

Joseph Larkin in a lab

Name: Joseph Larkin III, PhD Position: Associate Professor, Microbiology and Cell Science Current city: Gainesville Florida Hometown: Savannah GA Years at UF/IFAS: Well…I attended the University of Florida on a National merit scholarship from 1992-1996… Read More

UF/IFAS, FDACS to help teach science, engineering through aquaculture

RUSKIN, Fla. –. Through a $64,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to Schools program, the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)  will help some Florida… Read More

Shellfish may improve water quality in north Florida estuary

A protected estuary in north Florida comprised of the Guana Lake and Guana River is showing signs of pollution. Home to incredibly rich marshes, mounds of mussels and live oyster reefs, scientists are hoping shellfish… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel

Norma Samuel in a field holding eggplants

Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown:… Read More

UF/IFAS boosts AI research to help solve perplexing issues

Among them: ensuring crops taste good and resist diseases with the least environmental impact. UF/IFAS scientists are using AI to help solve chronic diseases, working with UF Health researchers. They’re also using drones to find… Read More

Looking to grow heart-healthy dragon fruit? UF/IFAS scientists offer latest insights on pests, beneficial insects

Dragon fruit, a fruit of choice for its health benefits, has burgeoned in popularity over recent years. The exotic crop has caught the eyes of farmers and consumers alike for its low maintenance and vibrant… Read More