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UF/IFAS plows forward to breed and grow a ‘superfood,’ the pomegranate


June 24, 2021

Pomegranates are sweet, juicy and one day they could grow abundantly in Florida. They taste good, and they’re full of nutrients, including antioxidants. “The fruit and its products such as arils and juice are rich in phytochemicals and ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops
Tags: Antioxidants, Breeding, Environmental Horticulture, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Phytochemicals, Pomegranates, Superfood, USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, Zhanao Deng

A healthy lawn using less water? UF/IFAS can show you how


June 23, 2021

This summer, UF/IFAS Extension agents across central Florida will host free weekly webinars aimed to help residents maintain a healthy lawn and conserve one of Florida’s most valuable resource, water. “The average residential irrigation ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOME LANDSCAPES, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida-friendly Landscaping, Home Gardening, Irrigation, Lawn, Lawn Care, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, St. Johns County, Sumter County, Turfgrass, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Water Conscious, Water Conservation, Water Use
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Container mosquitoes on your property? UF/IFAS scientists help you identify


June 22, 2021

Simple yard accessories hold standing water can serve as habitats for the immature stages of mosquitoes. Known as container mosquitoes because of the small aquatic habitats they dwell in until adulthood, they include several invasive species ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Aedes Aegypti, Container Mosquitoes, Entomology, Eva Buckner, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Mosquitoes, Phil Lounibos, Zika

Fall may be prime for specialty pumpkins, but June is just right for growing calabaza


June 21, 2021

Looking to grow your own pumpkins? Then don’t let the summer go by without planning for calabaza in the ground. If you live in the south or central Florida growing zone, June is prime time. Northern Florida counties need the hotter months ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Agronomy, Calabaza, Geoffrey Meru, Plant Breeding, Specialty Pumpkin, Tropical Research And Education Center, U.S. Department Of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center, Vegetable Breeding

New scholarship announced for UF students studying forestry


June 21, 2021

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences is honored to announce a new scholarship endowment, the Jon and Carol Gould Family Endowed Forestry Scholarship. This generous endowment will support rising ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: CALS, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Forestry, Scholarship, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences

UF scientists discover genetic markers tied to loss of the ability to sweat in horses


June 21, 2021

Sweating is a critical tool to keep horses comfortable and healthy, but chronic idiopathic anhidrosis, a dangerous equine condition can impede their natural cooling mechanism and cause performance and health issues. For the first time, UF/IFAS ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, Livestock, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Anhidrosis, Animal Sciences, Animal Sciences Department, College Of Veterinary Medicine, Equine, Equine Business, Genomics, Heat, Horses, Summer
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Victory gardens: How UF helped communities grow during the pandemic and beyond


June 21, 2021

COVID-19 brought national food supply-chain disruptions, increased pressure on food banks and struggle for families across the country. The statewide UF/IFAS Extension victory garden program began as an effort to empower those in need to grow ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, HOME LANDSCAPES, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, WORK & LIFE
Tags: Backyard Gardening, Columbia County, Florida Vegetable Gardening, Food Insecurity, Food Security, Home-grown Food, Marion County, Orange County, Sumter County, UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Urban Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetable Gardens, Victory 2020 Garden, Victory Gardens

Father’s Day feature: a family’s love for the water becomes an act of service


June 17, 2021

To the Wetzel family, a perfect day is one spent on the water fishing and enjoying each other’s company. For the past 10 years, they have added a volunteer component to their outdoors time by collecting samples for Florida LAKEWATCH. The ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, Relationships & Family, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Citizen Science, Florida LAKEWATCH, Lakewatch, Osceola County, Volunteers, Water, Water Bodies, Water Quality

UF project hopes to ‘certify’ appropriate plants as wildlife-friendly


June 17, 2021

Increasingly, consumers want plants that support wildlife, such as pollinators. That’s why UF/IFAS researchers are combining hard and social sciences to ensure you get the “certifiably” wildlife-friendly plants you seek. That’s right: ... READ MORE

Category: NATURAL RESOURCES, Wildlife
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication, Certification, Consumers, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Museum Of Natural History, Growers, Jaret Daniels, Laura Warner, Pesticides, Plants, Pollinators, Survey, Wildlife, Wildlife-friendly

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