Category: UF/IFAS

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

UF Horticulturalist: Time to Consider Cooler Season Plants

ORLANDO, Fla. – Now that cooler weather is here, it’s time to consider cool season vegetables for your garden. “Gardeners will have almost five months to grow everything from lettuce and cabbages to spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries… Read More

UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to Host Sixth Annual Day of Service

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The number of people who face chronic food deprivation… Read More

UF/IFAS Research Suggests Improved Erosion Control May Help Reduce Nitrogen Inputs to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, but its coral colonies have been dying at a startling rate in recent years and… Read More

Florida High School Students Present Research at Prestigious Global Conference with World Food Prize Laureates

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five students who completed a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences program were among 210 high school students from around the world who attended the 25th Annual Global Youth Institute symposium hosted… Read More

UF/IFAS Employees Help Hard-Hit North Florida REC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center — particularly its Marianna facility — may take a while to fully recover their research after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael, University of Florida… Read More

A Day in the Life of a UF/IFAS Extension Agent: Juanita Popenoe

TAVARES, Fla. – When growers in central Florida need help with an alternative crop to citrus, they turn to Juanita Popenoe. The University of Florida IFAS Extension agent spends her days helping farmers who are looking for options… Read More