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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.

UF scientists discover over 100 species in drive to document biodiversity

Published: May 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 5-million-year-old saber-toothed cat, the world’s oldest grape and a bizarre hermit crab were among more than 100 new species discovered by University of Florida scientists last year.

UF/IFAS researchers start to pinpoint biological control for Brazilian peppertree

Published: May 13 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists.

UF/IFAS researchers target eucalyptus as source of fuel for biomass production

Published: May 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers working to produce ethanol from plant material are taking a hard look at eucalyptus as a possible source for the clean fuel.

UF/IFAS research findings shed light on seagrass needs

Published: April 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Seagrass beds represent critical and threatened coastal habitats around the world, and a new University of Florida study shows how much sunlight seagrass needs to stay healthy.

New study finds Burmese pythons have homing sense, find way back even if moved

Published: March 18 2014

Sea snakes need fresh water for drinking, UF researcher finds

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found.

Water management district, UF/IFAS, UF Water Institute team up to examine springs

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is joining forces with two entities as part of a $3 million, three-year contract to provide scientific data to help protect and restore the state’s springs system. UF/IFAS’ partners in the effort are the St. Johns River Water Management District, which is funding the project, and UF’s Water Institute.