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Tag: Plant Pathology

After summer rains, look for this giant mushroom in backyards, parking lots

Summer is here in Florida, and that means one thing for fungi identification expert Matt Smith. “More mushrooms, and more questions about mushrooms,” said Smith, an associate professor of plant pathology at UF/IFAS. The rainy summer months are… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded $850K USDA grant to lead multistate research, study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida… Read More

Drone Images Detect Two Tomato Diseases with 99% Accuracy

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third… Read More

Three UF/IFAS Faculty Members Elected 2019 AAAS Fellows, Largest Number Yet

Three faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, according to an announcement… Read More

UF Scientist: Florida Crop Surveillance Network Offers State-Level Example of Proposed Global System

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing agricultural production demands and new disease threats will necessitate a global surveillance system for crop diseases, according to a new article in the journal Science. But one of the co-authors from the University of… Read More

Two UF/IFAS Researchers Inducted Into Prestigious AAAS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among their many accomplishments, one may be best known for trying to grow plants in space; the other, for helping growers battle bacterial spot disease of tomato. The two University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

UF/IFAS Research Shows Rootstock Influences Metabolism in Sugar Belle® Citrus; Findings Suggest Rootstock Choice May Be One Key to Optimizing Yields and Tree Health

By Tom Nordlie ____________________________ GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers recognize the Sugar Belle® mandarin hybrid for its tolerance of citrus greening disease, and new findings from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggest… Read More

UF-led team of scientists outlines novel approach to save endangered tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With fewer than 1,000 of them left in the wild, the Florida torreya tree is on the path to extinction. But now scientists have a plan to save it. Last month, scientists from universities, conservation… Read More