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Category: Conservation

UF/IFAS researchers to conduct eco-assessment of DeLuca Preserve, create open database

drone photography image of grassland in Florida

A team of UF/IFAS researchers plans to characterize the soil, water, and microbiome features of the DeLuca Preserve, a roughly 27,000-acre parcel of land in Florida’s southern Osceola County. The property, donated to UF in… Read More

Research examines peatlands from around the globe to determine their potential to emit carbon dioxide

Paynes Prairie, Alachua County, Florida

New research from the UF/IFAS Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Soil and Water Sciences Department looks at peatlands, a type of wetlands that occur around the world and store large amounts of carbon. Specifically, the… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help preserve Nature Coast, one sample at a time

This summer and fall, UF/IFAS scientists will collect data on water quality and seagrass in the recently created Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which includes waters off Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. These data will be… Read More

Oak Hammock residents tour Student Compost Cooperative at the Soil and Water Sciences Department

Adults standing in front of a greenhouse.

On June 16th, the UF Student Compost Cooperative (SCC) hosted a group of residents from Oak Hammock at the University of Florida who want to promote composting in their community. Oak Hammock is a Continuing… Read More

World Seagrass Day: Seagrasses and Carbon

underwater view of seagrass

By Alexandra L. Bijak, Ph.D. Student UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department World Seagrass Day (March 1st) raises awareness of seagrasses and the ecosystem functions and services they provide. Seagrasses are flowering marine plants that… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers examine pesticide runoff

Runoff of nutrients and pesticides is a problem that impacts many ecosystems. Improper application of these materials can have harmful effects on non-target plants and animals in aquatic systems. Citing a lack of research on… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension to launch “Climate Smart Floridians” program 

Virginia Key beach in Miami, Florida.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has forecast some major issues for Florida due to climate change. Rising sea level means retreating shorelines and more coastal flooding. Hotter than normal temperatures mean stress on the state’s water supply, livestock, and crops – not to… 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… Read More