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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

Life in space – UF/IFAS faculty awarded three grants for further exploration

The NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program recently announced 18 grants that will advance our understanding of how living systems respond to life in space. Three of those grants were awarded to… Read More

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

Citra field aerial

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of… Read More

UF among coalition of researchers tackling sustainable agriculture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Agriculture’s grand challenge of feeding the world’s growing population while protecting the environment recently got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) awarded eight institutions… Read More

Updated Perishable Food Transportation Guidelines Now Available

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 1987 handbook published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s division of Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) received a 21st-century update thanks to a team led by University of Florida researchers. “Many people… Read More

UF’s Expert in Taste Perception Honored for Distinguished Scientific Contributions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For her “outstanding contributions to the psychological study of human taste perception,” a University of Florida scientist recently earned a top recognition from the American Psychological Association. Linda Bartoshuk, an experimental psychologist… Read More

UF Scientists Sequence Vanilla Genome, Could Support Domestic Industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have sequenced the genome of Vanilla, which will help them select the best types for breeding new varieties of the popular plant to grow in Florida. Some consumers… Read More

Laser Technology May Be a Key to Rehabilitating Greening-Diseased Citrus Trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist hopes to improve on laser technology to enhance the efficiency of spray solutions aimed at restoring vitality to greening-affected citrus trees and reducing amounts of chemicals applied…. Read More

UF Scientists Hope to Breed Better-Tasting Sweet Corn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists plan to use a $7.3 million, four-year grant to find the genetic traits that will make sweet corn taste even better, last longer and grow better across the… Read More