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Category: UF/IFAS Research

World Wetlands Day: The importance of Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas

Everglades stormwater treatment area

By Caroline Buchanan, Soil and Water Sciences graduate student February 2, 2021, is the 50th celebration of World Wetlands Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for the planet and… Read More

Soil and Water Sciences Graduate Student Research Spotlight

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“Calibrating Mehlich 3-Phosphorus Recommendations Using Iron Oxide-strip Phosphorus and Mehlich 1-Phosphorus” Amanda Rodriguez (Soil and Water Sciences M.S. 2021) Topic In 2013, Florida’s soil test was changed from Mehlich 1 to Mehlich 3. From this… Read More

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of… 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 researcher part of team examining global grasslands

A UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department researcher was one of more than 40 researchers examining how nitrogen changes in grassland soils. The process, known as mineralization – organic nitrogen’s conversion into inorganic nitrogen –… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers examine plant litter decomposition in grazing land

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The sustainability of grazing land depends on several factors, including nutrient cycling from short-term and long-term plant litter decomposition. The plant material that falls to the ground decomposes at different rates. Plant characteristics, such as… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers share data on copper concentrations in stormwater ponds

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If you ask the average Floridian what copper sulfate is, chances are most won’t know. But ask them if they’ve ever seen a bright blue stormwater pond and they’ll likely say yes. Copper sulfate kills… Read More