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UF entrepreneurs to be honored at inaugural Gator100 Awards

Published: January 27 2015

Wondering which University of Florida alumnus’ company has experienced the highest revenue growth over the past three years? The answer will be provided at the inaugural Gator100 Awards Feb. 6 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom.

Florida's December consumer confidence continues upward trend

Published: December 30 2014

Consumer sentiment among Floridians continued its steady rise to reach a post-recession high in December of 87.4, the highest level since February 2007, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF extends highest honor to engineering pioneer Linda Parker Hudson

Published: December 22 2014

Linda Parker Hudson, the first woman to lead a major aerospace and defense company, has received an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Florida, the highest honor the university can give an individual.

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.

Florida's November consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit a post-recession high of 86 in November, an increase of two points over October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Ebola not likely to alter Americans’ holiday travel plans, survey shows

Published: November 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Ebola may be a worldwide health crisis, but a new study shows it’s not likely to keep many Americans from heading over the river and through the woods for the holidays.

UF: Floridians' growing consumer confidence falters just a smidge

Published: October 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped a point in October to 82, the first decline in the index since May, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF: Florida's September consumer sentiment reaches post-recession high

Published: September 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Floridians’ consumer sentiment this month reached its highest level since before the Great Recession began and after it ended, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. The index inched up one point from August to 83 – a level not seen since April 2007.

UF: No change in Florida's August consumer confidence

Published: August 26 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians remained flat at a post-recession high of 82 for the third consecutive month in August, according to a University of Florida survey.

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.

Florida’s consumer confidence hits new post-recession high

Published: July 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points in July to 84, hitting another post-recession high for a second consecutive month, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF Tech Connect Fuels Innovation Economy in First 12 Years

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE --- In its first dozen years of operation, the University of Florida’s Tech Connect program has helped launch 157 technology-based startup companies that in turn generated more than $1 billion in private funding, $530 million in public funding and 2,000 new jobs, according to a report released today.

UF: Florida consumer confidence jumps to post-recession high

Published: June 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose to a post-recession high in June, climbing four points to 82, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Surprising find: UF/IFAS discovers citrus greening affects roots before leaves

Published: April 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although citrus greening enters trees through their leaves, University of Florida researchers have discovered that the deadly disease attacks roots long before the leaves show signs of damage – a finding that may help growers better care for trees while scientists work to find a cure.

Engineering team claims $25,000 in UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition

Published: April 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Three engineering students whose company developed a portable water purification device that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water were awarded $25,000 for winning the UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition on Friday.

Research links sadness with avoidance of indulgent behavior

Published: April 16 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Getting the kids to go easy on the chocolate bunnies this year could be simple as sitting them down Easter morning and making them watch “Old Yeller.”

UF: Florida consumer confidence returns to post-recession high

Published: March 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points this month to 81, tying a post-recession high last reached in May and June of last year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

Published: March 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster.

UF/IFAS researchers demonstrate improved appeal of sterile flies that save crops

Published: February 26 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.

UF: Floridians’ confidence in economy bumps up a bit

Published: January 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians as measured by an index rose one point in January to 78, according to a new University of Florida survey.