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UF/IFAS awarded 1st Ph.D. plant breeding program in Florida, one of few in USA

Working in labs and fields across Florida, a new generation of students will start earning a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of Florida – the first program of its kind in Florida and… Read More

UF scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into the fruit. Consumer panels are the tried-and-true method for UF researchers to… Read More

New white, red varieties from UF/IFAS featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

PLANT CITY, Fla. — If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for… Read More

UF/IFAS boosts AI research to help solve perplexing issues

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]As UF/IFAS joins a university-wide push to increase artificial intelligence research, its faculty will help solve major problems.[/inlinetweet] Among them: ensuring crops taste good and resist diseases with the least environmental impact…. 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

World outreach helps strawberry breeding program; UF/IFAS varieties grow in 70 countries

BALM, Florida — UF/IFAS-bred strawberries are grown in over 70 countries across six continents. One of those countries, Egypt, ranks among the top strawberry-producing nations in the world. So, it seems fitting that an Egyptian-American… Read More

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas,… Read More

Florida Strawberry Festival’s featured fruit comes from UF/IFAS research

PLANT CITY, Fla. — When you hear the words “Plant City,” what comes to mind? Strawberries, probably. As thousands of people come here for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various… Read More

UF/IFAS-Developed ‘Florida Brilliance’ Shines on State’s Strawberry Industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, University of Florida scientists looked for a few characteristics in a more desirable strawberry. Among those traits was a higher yield in November and December — the early part of… Read More