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New white, red varieties from UF/IFAS featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

PLANT CITY, Fla. — If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for… Read More

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than… Read More

UF/IFAS hosts global plant breeding virtual meeting January 28-29

Media Contact: Brad Buck, 352-875-2641 (mobile), bradbuck@ufl.edu WHO: The UF Plant Science Council and UF/IFAS plant-breeding faculty and students. WHAT: Students and faculty from UF/IFAS and around the world present the Fifth Annual Plant Science… Read More

UF scientists help thwart disease that can ravage the popular gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisies are popular worldwide for their wide array of brightly colored flowers. They also make great plants for the garden, and their blooms yield long-lasting cut flowers. Many newlyweds use cut gerbera flowers to decorate… Read More

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re… Read More

World outreach helps strawberry breeding program; UF/IFAS varieties grow in 70 countries

BALM, Florida — UF/IFAS-bred strawberries are grown in over 70 countries across six continents. One of those countries, Egypt, ranks among the top strawberry-producing nations in the world. So, it seems fitting that an Egyptian-American… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help national team breed better pomegranates

BALM, Fla. — You can enjoy pomegranates in myriad ways. You can toss them in salads, sprinkle their seeds on yogurt or oatmeal or add them to smoothies. When you consume pomegranates, you’ll savor their… Read More

Featured UF/IFAS Cultivars Released in 2019 Include Fruits, Oat and Zoysiagrass

… 2019 Plant Cultivars Showcase2019 UF/IFAS Plant Cultivar Showcasefocallength 70flash 16cameramake Canonheight 3648fnumber 4exposuretime 0.0125orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 4/7/2018 3:50:10 PMwidth 5472cameramodel Canon EOS 6D‘Collossus’ (U.S. Patent Pending) – a new blueberry variety…. Read More

Citrus Industry to Sample Latest UF/IFAS Varieties

WHO: Citrus growers, packers, gift fruit shippers and others will sample the latest offerings from the UF/IFAS Plant Improvement Team. WHAT: Growers, nurseries, packers, processors, gift fruit shippers, marketers and others will feel, taste and… Read More