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Research indicates crop-available legacy phosphorus could fertilize crops while saving farmers money

cornfield

Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFSAS) report soil legacy phosphorus could be enough to fertilize crops – at least for a planting season or two. Using the abundance of this common… Read More

UF Water Institute affiliate faculty awarded NIFA grant

coastal marsh

From the UF Water Institute Three UF Water Institute affiliate faculty members have been awarded a USDA NIFA grant to assess the impacts of saltwater intrusion (SWI) in agricultural areas. The grant totals $500,000 and includes the assessment… Read More

Student uses Andes Mountain Hike for Class Project

Hiking path in valley of Andes Mountains, Peru.

A student majoring in Environmental Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources used a hike in the Andes Mountains this spring to complete a class project. Sarah Birkmire was taking GIS for Soil and Water Science (SWS 4720C) when… Read More

Guide for the Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees Updated

citrus trees at UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees, 3rd Edition is an update of UF/IFAS Bulletin SP169, which has provided guidelines for Florida citrus fertilization since 1995. The goal is to provide background information and recommendations to develop a sound citrus… Read More

Research examines efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer for tomatoes

tomato flowers on vine

The efficient use of fertilizer is a concern to those in and outside of agricultural production. Too much, or application at the wrong time, wastes resources for producers and can pose a risk to the environment. Researchers in… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone… Read More

Soil and Water Sciences Department chair receives textbook award

textbook cover Freshwater Ecology

Dr. Matt Whiles, the chair of the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department, is a recipient of the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Textbook Excellence Award for 2020. Whiles and co-author Dr. Walter Dodds won the award… Read More

Graduate Student Research Spotlight: Audrey Goeckner

stormwater pond in Gainesville, Florida

Thesis: “Carbon Dynamics of Urban Stormwater Ponds: Burial, Gas Flux, and Dissolved Organic Matter Composition” Topic: Permanently wet stormwater ponds are engineered control systems that are increasing in number on the landscape. Their purpose is to relieve flooding and… Read More

Joining FAESS for a Trip to the Hole in the Donut

horizon of the everglades

By Michael James Soil and Water Sciences Ph.D. student On November 14-16, 2019, I led a small group of students to the Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists (FAESS) 2019 general meeting. The association, largely comprised of Soil… Read More