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UF researchers surprised to find microplastics in Florida Keys lagoons

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers conducting a planned University of Florida-led study on plankton in two lagoons of the Florida Keys stumbled upon an unexpected presence in the course of their routine sampling: microplastics. A new… Read More

AI may help UF researchers identify crop-destroying nematodes

Parasitic nematodes cause $125 billion in agricultural damage around the world each year, but  University of Florida scientists hope to alleviate some of that destruction. To do so, UF researchers will use artificial intelligence (AI)… Read More

New chair: Christopher Gunter to lead UF horticulture programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christopher Gunter joins the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as professor and chair of the horticultural sciences department. His official start date is June 7. As the… Read More

As peach harvest begins, UF scientists find rootstocks that survive flooding

As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida. Those growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding because it can damage peach… Read More

UF-led study connects Florida to the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory

A new University of Florida-led study established a Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) research plot at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station within a longleaf pine forest. These forests are a focus of restoration efforts because longleaf pine once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain but only 3% of this forest type remains today. ForestGEO is… Read More

UF scientists identify the potentially invasive Tropical clawed frog

Does the thought of a frog fascinate you or freak you out? What if you imagined one with claws? University of Florida scientists have confirmed a clawed frog species in the Tampa area, and they… Read More

Up your lawn game with tips from UF/IFAS experts

hand adjusting the direction of a sprinkler watering a lawn

“Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” returns in 2021, and the next episode covers lawns. The next event is live on April 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom… Read More

UF scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into the fruit. Consumer panels are the tried-and-true method for UF researchers to… Read More