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Category: UF/IFAS

A man meant for Extension: Ralph Mitchell, your interim DeSoto County Extension director

ARCADIA, Fla. — Growing up in Rhode Island, it almost seemed like Ralph Mitchell was destined to pursue Extension as a career. “Well, my father was an Extension agent,” Mitchell said. “I loved to come to his office… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Broward 4-H granted $10K from Glick Philanthropies to expand nutrition, gardening project for residents amid COVID-19

UF/IFAS 4-H among 107 organizations selected for $820K Community Relief Fund DAVIE, Fla. – With COVID-19, thousands of reports have risen to the surface documenting the challenges of individuals and communities affected by the global virus. The virus… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded $850K USDA grant to lead multistate research, study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

Is indoor farming a solution? UF/IFAS scientists explain

DAVIE, Fla. – At one time, the concept of vegetables growing inside a temperature-controlled facility where LED lights and advanced technology set the pace for year-round harvesting, promoted photosynthesis and water use efficiency, and required no pesticides, was… Read More

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center to support team’s urban initiatives, successes

DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed as interim Center Director of the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC) On May 12, Rechcigl stepped in to oversee the operations and research at the UF/IFAS… Read More

Coming attraction: Florida finger limes could be a new addition to your grocery citrus aisle

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Sweet oranges. Ruby red grapefruit. Sugar Belle mandarins. When one thinks of Florida citrus, these fruits immediately come to mind. But finger limes? A University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists on the lookout for Argentine tegus, Nile monitors, seeking assistance from south Florida residents

DAVIE, Fla. – Nile monitors and Argentine giant tegus are predatory lizards that are an immediate threat to the Greater Everglades ecosystems. UF/IFAS scientists are looking to engage residents in south Florida currently in extended stay-at-home orders to… Read More

Survey: Agriculture, natural resources leaders’ concerns about COVID-19 lie in elements outside their control

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a new survey conducted by University of Florida researchers, agriculture and natural resources leaders indicated most of their concerns regarding the pandemic were in areas they couldn’t control, such as their state’s economy and… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists learn ‘threatened’ wood storks are showing flexible traits

DAVIE, Fla. – On the heels of World Migratory Bird Day, the international May 9th celebration drawing attention to the phenomenon of bird migrations and connecting people to technologies used to track birds and promote conservation, comes good… Read More