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Tag: Tropical Research and Education Center

Hibiscus flowers not flowering? Scout for the hibiscus bud weevil, UF IFAS scientists suggest

Hibiscus shrubs are attractive and hardy-flowering, typically used in a variety of landscapes. They are known for reaching up to 15 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide. Many hibiscus species are native to… Read More

University of Florida faculty joins national team awarded $7.5M USDA-NIFA grant

Apple and pecan orchards are growing vulnerable to nonnative ambrosia beetles. Often considered as invasive pests, these groups of beetles cultivate and rely on ambrosia fungi for nutrition. The ambrosia beetles, which make up more… Read More

New fungus brings truffle-like fungi, wilting leaves, unpleasant smell in potted Boston Ferns

image - Boston Ferns in Miami Dade plot

Boston ferns, cultivated by Florida growers since 1912, are a popular consumer choice on porches, balconies, patios and landscapes for their tropical look. A popular and profitable item grown in nurseries, the species can be… Read More

Mark your calendars for One Night in the Tropics on November 6 – A UF/IFAS event for graduate housing

image - TREC graduate students for graduate housing fundraiser

In the heart of Homestead sits a site that is unique to the fabric of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) known as the Tropical Research and Education Center. On… Read More

Fall may be prime for specialty pumpkins, but June is just right for growing calabaza

image - calabaza - cuban pumpkin from UF IFAS TREC research with Dr. Meru

Looking to grow your own pumpkins? Then don’t let the summer go by without planning for calabaza in the ground. If you live in the south or central Florida growing zone, June is prime time…. Read More

UF/IFAS, Australia formalize to collaborate on fruit, crop research

image -Alan Chambers - vanilla cultivars at TREC

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Northern Territory of Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding. At the core of the agreement is the exchange of technical expertise among… Read More

Cultivating better Florida mangoes – UF/IFAS scientists sequence DNA to support, grow a domestic industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A team of scientists at the University of Florida have sequenced the genome of the internationally important ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango – a variety that originated from Florida and that is valued for… Read More

Should your passion for pumpkins include the calabaza? UF/IFAS scientists laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, consumers

image - calabaza - cuban pumpkin from UF IFAS TREC research with Dr. Meru

Is the calabaza the next pumpkin of choice for those working in the brewing, food, agriculture, manufacturing and health industries? UF/IFAS scientists are laying the groundwork for chefs, growers, manufacturers and consumers that will unleash… Read More