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Fall: A time to grow and eat your own strawberries at home

While Florida is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world, you can plant strawberries at home now. Yes, fall is officially here – even if the temperatures don’t always match the calendar date…. Read More

UF professor recognized for a career of accomplishment

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Fred G. Gmitter, Jr., professor of horticulture and citrus breeder at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center, has been recognized as a… Read More

UF finds some nematodes like hemp; first step to pest control for emerging crop

BALM, Fla. — For two years, University of Florida scientists across the Sunshine State have studied whether hemp can serve as a viable alternative crop for Florida farmers. One of the first steps to determining… Read More

Graduate student sees the future of worldwide crop production in new cultivars  

By ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Martin Zapien scans long rows of tree canopies each morning and thinks about how the future of food production will advance with new citrus cultivars. All of the… Read More

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 researchers help expand indoor gardening trend triggered by pandemic

COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. Recent research shows that about 80% of those who took up gardening since the beginning of COVID-19 will continue the pastime in 2021…. Read More

White strawberry one of two new UF/IFAS varieties ready for harvest season

white strawberries in green basket

BALM, Fla. — A white strawberry? Not red? Yes, you “read” that right. And it smells a little like a pineapple. It’s also novel in that it’s the first white strawberry to go to market… 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 team aims to increase blackberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Blackberries ripen in Florida in May and June, so it’s an ideal time to be thinking about how to grow more of them. Those who produce blackberries in Florida want to increase… Read More