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Water conservation and integrated pest management: Two concepts united by well-being

Many people probably would like to conserve more water and use less spray to control annoying bugs. But first, they must meet their personal needs, University of Florida researchers say. By “personal needs,” we’re talking… Read More

Protecting the Pacific’s endangered marine species using artificial intelligence

cartoons of whales jump in and out of a cartoon grid with a commercial fishing boat nearby to simulate the UF/IFAS developed algorithm tracking their movements

The pelagic ocean covers over 50% of the planet’s surface and many of the species that call it home travel thousands of miles each year, seeking food and suitable nursery grounds. Some of these species… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry, water quality initiatives

image - hands holding clams after harvesting. Credit Tyler Jones

University of Florida scientists hope to boost the shellfish aquaculture industry severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists will use a $100,000 grant awarded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to capture statewide data needed from… Read More

Growing a sense of ‘community’ in community gardens

Across the country, community gardens are cropping up in response to growing interest in producing local food. In a new study, University of Florida researchers ask what makes one of these gardens thrive — or… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS: Rick O’Connor

Name: Rick O’Connor Position: Escambia County Sea Grant Agent Hometown: Pensacola, FL Years with UF/IFAS: 10 Describe your role at UF/IFAS: As the county Sea Grant Agent, I work with my advisory committee, and local… Read More

UF study: Florida-grown sparkling wines please palates

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Still or sparkling? When it comes to Florida-grown fruit wines, consumers prefer fizzy over flat. That’s the finding of a recent study from the University of Florida, which shows that taste testers prefer carbonated blueberry… Read More

UF/IFAS investigates sorrel as a new crop for Florida

Sorrel is a leafy green plant with reddish-pink flowers. It’s hardy, fast growing, has a variety of uses and UF/IFAS is investigating its potential as a new crop for Florida. A recent field day revealed… Read More