Tag: Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use when he participated… Read More

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of… Read More

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Fresh from Florida Plant Products, UF Study Finds

By Caroline Roper GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida consumers see value in and are willing to pay more for locally-grown products, especially when it comes to landscape and ornamental plants, according to a new study conducted by University of… Read More

UF/IFAS administrator selected as prestigious Leshner Fellow by AAAS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now that the American Association for the Advancement of Science has  selected Roger Kjelgren as a Leshner Fellow, he hopes to increase participation in urban food and water security. Kjelgren, the director of the University… Read More

Florida Ag Policy Conference to help growers deal with the ever-changing global economy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In light of the competitive and dynamic global economy, experts from UF/IFAS and other organizations will share knowledge about how to deal with pressures facing growers in Florida at the third annual Florida Agricultural Policy… Read More

Annual poinsettia sale hosted by UF student organization is an experiential learning model for other universities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Each December, the undergraduate environmental horticulture club in the University of Florida IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) hosts its highly-anticipated poinsettia sale. This year, the 21st annual poinsettia sale will be Dec…. Read More

UF/IFAS CALS student places first in international graduate student competition

APOPKA, Fla. – Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the… Read More

Potential whitefly outbreak threatens Florida landscapes and crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant  tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread…. Read More

Local, organic top consumers’ desired qualities in $280 million fruit-producing plant market

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re a consumer in the market for a fruit-producing plant, you’re more likely to buy one if it’s locally grown or organic, an important finding for those making their living in the approximately $280… Read More