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

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

Central Florida UF Researchers Use Drones to Assess Hurricane Michael Damage in Panhandle

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently traveled to Panhandle counties to include Gadsden, Jackson and Calhoun with their drones to assess damage after Hurricane Michael devastated the region…. 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