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UF scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. Consumer panels are the tried-and-true method for UF researchers to gauge whether new fruit varieties taste good enough to keep developing them for the market. But, in… Read More

Experts Available: Piney Point Reservoir

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has experts in water quality, harmful algal blooms, soil, and other related issues. The faculty listed below can answer media questions regarding the ongoing… Read More

UV system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the… Read More

UF/IFAS boosts AI research to help solve perplexing issues

Among them: ensuring crops taste good and resist diseases with the least environmental impact. UF/IFAS scientists are using AI to help solve chronic diseases, working with UF Health researchers. They’re also using drones to find… Read More

Global group recognizes UF/IFAS engineer for strawberry spray app

Now that we’re knee-deep in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool. Farmers sprayed about… Read More

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp virtual workshop available Jan. 11

The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is launching a virtual workshop with research and program updates, available online beginning January 11 for $40. The workshop consists of a collection of pre-recorded lectures and prepared documents… 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

UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop… Read More

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides… 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