Category: UF/IFAS

UF/IFAS Honors Imogene Yarborough with Extension Advocate Award

APOPKA, Fla. – When Imogene Yarborough and her husband Ed started ranching in Seminole County in 1954, they foresaw a legacy of agriculture for their future generations. “We raised our four children with the guiding principle that this… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Teaches Food Pantry Staff, Clients About Better Food

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Food pantry staff and clients are learning how to get the most nutrition from the food they give and receive, thanks to faculty with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts Predict More Food Traceability, Grocery Delivery in 2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some the forecasts from faculty at the University of… Read More

Expert Researchers Meet to Discuss Science Related to Heat Stress

By Ashley McLeod GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers representing disciplines such as the military, agriculture and sports medicine met in late October to discuss the latest advances in science and technology related to occupational heat stress in the Southeast…. Read More

Citrus Advisory System May Help Prevent Losses From Postbloom Fruit Drop

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida-developed forecasting system could help citrus growers control postbloom fruit drop this winter, despite the predicted El Niño weather pattern that’s expected to bring more rain and moderate temperatures. With an… Read More

$3.5 Million USDA Grant Could Help Florida’s Grapefruit Industry

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Florida’s grapefruit industry, devastated by citrus greening, may find hope in four ½-acre white-mesh screenhouses in a research field in Fort Pierce thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the U.S…. Read More

UF Names New Coordinator for Florida Project Learning Tree

By Kim Scotto   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation welcomes a new coordinator for a program that uses the forest as a window on the world for educators. Jessica… Read More

Kaolin Clay May Be Viable Option to Protect Citrus Trees from Asian Citrus Psyllid, UF/IFAS Researchers Say

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers have begun taking notice of kaolin clay, a powdery white compound, because it can cause Asian citrus psyllids to “not take notice” of their groves. Long used to protect… Read More

Subterranean Termites Farm Beneficial Bacteria From Their Fecal Nests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hungry Formosan termites farm antibiotics from their homes, which they make from their own recycled fecal waste, new University of Florida research shows. These beneficial bacteria make the destructive bugs immune to natural control methods…. Read More

Laser Technology May Be a Key to Rehabilitating Greening-Diseased Citrus Trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist hopes to improve on laser technology to enhance the efficiency of spray solutions aimed at restoring vitality to greening-affected citrus trees and reducing amounts of chemicals applied. With the updated… Read More