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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.

Climate change already showing effects at Kennedy Space Center

Published: December 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The effects of climate change are already showing up in places from Miami to Alaska, scientists say, but two University of Florida geologists are focusing their attention on one especially noteworthy and vulnerable piece of waterfront real estate: Kennedy Space Center.

Pratap Pullammanappallil, a UF associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, poses with an anaerobic digester used in a process he developed at NASA’s request to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Photo by Amy Stuart, UF/IFAS Communications.

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste -- yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

Lindsay Mehrkam, a UF doctoral student in psychology, delivers Larry the tortoise’s preferred enrichment: a neck rub.

The Human Touch: New research suggests animals prefer human connections

Published: November 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- What do animals really want? A new study from the University of Florida suggests it might be human contact, at least in the case of some Galapagos tortoises.

As elephants go, so go the trees: Research shows hunting can have catastrophic effects on tropical forests

Published: November 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Overhunting has been disastrous for elephants, but their forest habitats have also been caught in the crossfire.

Endangered green sea turtle recovering from surgery to remove life-threatening tumors

Published: November 10 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An endangered green sea turtle rescued last month in the lower Florida Keys was recovering today after surgery performed Friday to remove potentially life-threatening tumors from its eyes.

UF/IFAS researcher finds inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water

Published: November 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world’s most common pollutants: arsenic.

UF/IFAS scientists count record number of threatened crocodile hatchlings in Everglades

Published: September 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A record number of American crocodile hatchlings have been counted in the Everglades National Park this summer -- a positive development for the threatened species, University of Florida scientists say.

UF: Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

Published: September 22 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but University of Florida scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity.

Research team headed by UF professor found evidence of oil residue in Gulf two years after BP spill

Published: September 16 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Oil residue remained in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a study headed by a University of Florida professor.

Gulf anglers could be entitled to $585 million after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, UF/IFAS study says

Published: September 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Recreational anglers who normally fish in the Gulf of Mexico lost up to $585 million from lost fishing opportunities in the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and could be entitled to compensation, according to a new University of Florida study.

NSF awards $7.5 million to UF-led effort to digitize biodiversity collections

Published: August 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The National Science Foundation has awarded six grants totaling about $7.5 million to digitize biodiversity collections, a nationwide effort coordinated by the iDigBio program based at the University of Florida.

Floridians passionate about, but puzzled by, endangered and invasive species, survey finds

Published: August 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Floridians would likely support a 1 percent sales tax bump to prevent and eradicate disruptive invasive species, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences public opinion survey shows.

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.

Wildlife corridors sometimes help invasive species spread, UF research finds

Published: August 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When the ants come marching in, having miles of linked habitats may not be such a good idea after all.

Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds

Published: July 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

Little Janitor

'Little janitor' merits attention in Florida springs' health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say.

UF launches newest preeminence initiative aimed at biodiversity

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans.

Deforestation remedies can have unintended consequences, UF researchers say

Published: July 2 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

Invasive lizards a potential threat to Florida’s nesting reptiles, UF/IFAS researchers find

Published: June 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Research cameras trained on the nests of Florida reptiles have caught giant, invasive lizards in the act of pilfering eggs – making them a potential threat to native turtles, alligators and crocodiles.