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Bacterial gene could help crops beat the heat of global warming, say UF researchers

Bacterial gene could help crops beat the heat of global warming, say UF researchers

Published: Mar 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Though E. coli bacteria are notorious for making people sick, a University of Florida study shows that a gene found in the microbes can keep plants healthy by improving their resistance to heat stress – a discovery that may help researchers develop food crops that withstand harsh climates and global warming.

UF: Phone service discount benefits few low-income Floridians

Published: Mar 29th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most low-income Florida households do not take advantage of a discount for telephone service offered through a government and telephone company collaboration, a University of Florida study found.

Inner-city black men face higher risk of prostate cancer

Published: Mar 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Inner-city black men are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as whites and are four times more likely to be in advanced stages of the disease at diagnosis, according to a new study led by University of Florida researchers.

UF study: Healthy stock returns beef up Florida consumer confidence

Published: Mar 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stock market gains helped to boost consumer confidence four points in March to 91, regaining half of the eight-point decline from the previous month, University of Florida economists.

Reptile chic: UF wildlife ecologist says Florida alligator farmers cashing in on fashion trend

Reptile chic: UF wildlife ecologist says Florida alligator farmers cashing in on fashion trend

Published: Mar 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While some agricultural producers are facing tough times, Florida alligator farmers are cashing in on reptile chic – the growing worldwide demand for alligator skins on everything from belts and boots to $10,000 designer handbags.

New UF economic report forecasts future of Florida’s $9.3 billion citrus industry

Published: Mar 23rd, 2006

LAKELAND, Fla. — Citrus canker and greening will reduce the volume of fruit produced in Florida over the next 15 years, and the state may never return to the level of fruit harvested in 2003 before hurricanes spread canker around the state, according to a new University of Florida report.

UF professor examines role of race, fame in public scandals

Published: Mar 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How did O.J. Simpson – hardly an activist on black issues before his arrest – become a hero to some in the black community after being charged with murder? Why were blacks willing to vote for former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry after he was convicted of drug charges? And why is the black community less likely to extend similar support to noncelebrity blacks who face prosecution for crimes?

Researchers seek answers to combat TB epidemic

Published: Mar 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most Americans think of tuberculosis as a disease of the past, but with HIV and drug-resistant strains fueling epidemics in India and Africa, TB kills someone every six seconds across the world.

Student entrepreneurs: New sensor will help guarantee freshness

Student entrepreneurs: New sensor will help guarantee freshness

Published: Mar 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grocers, florists and even pharmacists may soon have a better way to monitor the quality of the products they get from suppliers: a sensor that will tell how long before a product spoils or passes its expiration date.

Sodas and energy drinks can supply a surprising caffeine jolt

Published: Mar 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some carbonated sodas and energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and can give an unhealthy pick-me-up to unsuspecting consumers, University of Florida researchers warn.