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UF expert available to discuss plans to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba

Published: December 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida expert on Cuba’s economy is available to talk to the news media about President Barack Obama’s plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation.

University of Florida experts predict food trends for 2015

Published: December 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015.

Survey shows Floridians have concerns about food safety, GMOs

Published: December 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- While Floridians believe they do a fairly good job of keeping themselves safe from foodborne illnesses, they aren’t always clear about which foods, preparation techniques or cooking methods pose the biggest risks.

UF Preeminence moving forward with Board of Trustees tenure approval of new faculty hires

Published: December 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Twelve nationally recognized professors are joining the University of Florida faculty, furthering UF’s push toward becoming a top public university.

University of Florida scientists think they’ve found the first potential biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry. The redbay ambrosia beetle, see here, bores holes into avocado trees, bringing the disease that causes laurel wilt.
Credit: Lyle Buss, UF/IFAS

UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

Published: December 2 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry.

UF/IFAS researcher continues quest for peanut that won't cause allergic reaction

Published: September 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has moved one step closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens by removing 80 percent of them in whole peanuts.

UF/IFAS researchers use steam to treat citrus greening

Published: September 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida researchers are turning to the old-fashioned method of steaming to help treat citrus greening, a disease devastating citrus trees throughout Florida.

UF/IFAS researchers could improve how companies ship fresh produce

Published: September 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida-led research team’s development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available.

The Coca-Cola Co. donates additional $1.5 Million to UF/IFAS to fight citrus greening

Published: August 13 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Foundation today announced a second gift of $1.5 million from the Coca-Cola Co. in support of long-term research aimed at preventing a widespread disease that affects crops in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.

Endangered elephants' outlook bleak without more room to roam, UF/IFAS study finds

Published: August 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Intelligent and beautiful, the Asian elephant is running out of time unless humans step aside and give it some room.

UF/IFAS study shows flavor trumps health for blueberry buying

Published: August 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavor most, new University of Florida research shows.

Panthers prey on ranchers' calves, but how much varies, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: July 31 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A two-year panther study at two southwest Florida cattle ranches shows that the endangered cats attack and kill calves, but how often that happens can vary greatly by location and landscape.

Controlling mosquitoes

Climate, genetics can affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s just math: The longer a mosquito lives, the better its odds of transmitting disease to humans or animals.

The new bacterial disease affecting some crape myrtle varieties in commercial nursery settings causes circular leaf lesions with a yellow halo, later leading to severe yellowing and defoliation. Researchers say the disease, so far, has been contained at the commercial nursery level and does not affect home gardeners.

Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say

Published: July 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s enough to send gardeners into conniptions.

IFAS assistant professor Andrea Lucky and her citizen science specimen collection project, known as the School of Ants.

With a little help, citizen scientists can be good proxies, research shows

Published: July 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Anyone can collect ant data as accurately as experts, if they have a bit of guidance and the right tools: cookies, index cards and plastic zip-top bags.

UF/IFAS study shows promise for antioxidants extracted from grape seeds, skin

Published: June 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Soaking muscadine grape seeds or skins in a solution of enzymes can boost antioxidants extracted from the fruit, creating possible new uses for grape leftovers, which are loaded with nutrients, a University of Florida study shows.

Perennial corn crops? It could happen with new plant-breeding tool developed at UF/IFAS

Published: June 10 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Since the first plant genome sequence was obtained for the plant Arabidopsis in 2000, scientists have gene-sequenced everything from cannabis to castor bean.

Retracing citrus’ earliest roots to find clues for healthier future

Published: June 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- That orange you’re enjoying may have been grown in Florida, but its deepest ancestral roots stretch back more than 5 million years, all the way to two wild citrus species from Southeast Asia.

UF/IFAS researchers find chemicals that treat citrus greening in the lab

Published: June 4 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, a disease devastating Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. It is the first step in a years-long process to bring a treatment to market.

UF/IFAS finding could help farmers stop potato, tomato disease

Published: June 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world.