Category: UF/IFAS

UF Names Evans New Director of Tropical Research and Education Center

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Edward “Gilly” Evans, a longtime agricultural economist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named director of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. Evans, who… Read More

New UF/IFAS Citrus Production Guide Helps Growers Survive in the Age of HLB

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. Experts… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts Explore Multiple Strategies to Control New Palm Disease

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home and business owners should use an antibiotic to help limit a new disease threatening certain species of Florida palm trees, a University of Florida scientist says. Lethal bronzing is killing palm species known as… Read More

UF/IFAS Research: Control of Citrus Flush Timing Could Improve Psyllid Control

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They say timing is everything in life, and that’s certainly true of the Asian citrus psyllid, which has devastated Florida agriculture for the past decade by transmitting citrus greening disease, also known… Read More

UF Study: Snail Kites Must Do More Than Move to Thrive

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among its many useful traits, the federally endangered snail kite helps wildlife managers gauge whether the Florida Everglades has sufficient water. That’s one reason University of Florida scientists closely monitor the birds’ activity – and… Read More

UF/IFAS Research Shows Rootstock Influences Metabolism in Sugar Belle® Citrus; Findings Suggest Rootstock Choice May Be One Key to Optimizing Yields and Tree Health

By Tom Nordlie ____________________________ GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers recognize the Sugar Belle® mandarin hybrid for its tolerance of citrus greening disease, and new findings from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggest… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers search for solutions to citrus diseases with Citrus Initiative funds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From nutritional supplements to managing irrigation to grower outreach and education, UF/IFAS researchers are finding additional ways to support Florida citrus growers in their fight against citrus greening disease. Twelve projects were funded by the… Read More

Early Findings Show Plant Hormone May Help in Citrus Greening Fight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists think a group of hormones may eventually help growers battle citrus greening, but they still want to study them before recommending growers use the chemical. Fernando Alferez, an assistant professor of… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts Suggest Varieties for Irma-Damaged Citrus Replanting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As growers decide how to use USDA funding to recover from damages caused by Hurricane Irma – and as they cope with the lingering impact of citrus greening — University of Florida researchers are suggesting… Read More