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South American beetle released by UF researchers benefits Florida ranchers

South American beetle released by UF researchers benefits Florida ranchers

Published: Jan 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Over the past two decades, Florida cattle ranchers have spent as much as $16 million a year doing battle with an invasive weed called tropical soda apple, known as TSA, that takes over pastures, elbowing out the forage grasses ranchers need for their cattle.

Course correction needed for Alzheimer’s therapies, experts warn

Course correction needed for Alzheimer’s therapies, experts warn

Published: Jan 26th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Misaligned research, medical challenges and harsh economics are thwarting efforts to slow the destructive course of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, according to a trio of nationally regarded Alzheimer’s researchers writing a “Perspective” in Thursday’s (Jan. 27) issue of the journal Neuron.

Floridians grow suddenly optimistic about economy, UF research finds

Published: Jan 25th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians soared an unexpected seven points to 77 in January from the revised December index score of 70, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Go figure: Math model may help researchers with stem cell, cancer therapies

Go figure: Math model may help researchers with stem cell, cancer therapies

Published: Jan 20th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The difficult task of sorting and counting prized stem cells and their cancer-causing cousins has long frustrated scientists looking for new ways to help people who have progressive diseases.

UF receives $7.9 million to improve food security and human nutrition in Mozambique

UF receives $7.9 million to improve food security and human nutrition in Mozambique

Published: Jan 20th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has secured a four-year, $7.9 million award to lead a unique new collaboration among experts in the U.S. and Brazil to improve agriculture and food security in the African nation of Mozambique.

Home-use blood sugar monitors not ideal in hospital surgical situations, UF researchers say

Home-use blood sugar monitors not ideal in hospital surgical situations, UF researchers say

Published: Jan 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In surgical situations, fluctuation in patients’ blood glucose levels can be harmful, so physicians take frequent measurements to guide treatment decisions.

Major gift bolsters UF pest management research

Published: Jan 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most people wouldn’t be inclined to show a passion for insects, but in a state that is home to several major seaports and provides a year-round climate where, on the average, a new species of insect is introduced each month, one Floridian in particular is very interested.

UF-led team sequences first-ever citrus genomes; discovery may help thwart greening

Published: Jan 18th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida-led group of international scientists has assembled the genome sequences for two citrus varieties—sweet orange and Clementine mandarin — marking a first for citrus.

UF study: Exercise could help prevent, treat eating disorders

Published: Jan 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When treating an eating disorder, exercise is rarely considered therapeutic; it’s more likely to be viewed as dangerous for patients already obsessed with their weight. But a new University of Florida study shows that the psychological benefits of exercise could be used as an intervention for — or even a way to prevent — eating disorders.

UF-led study finds tiny shorebirds benefit from big storms

Published: Jan 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tiny threatened shorebirds on Florida’s west coast not only survive hurricanes, they seem to benefit from the storms’ aftereffects, according to new research findings that contradict conventional wisdom.