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Geographic analysis offers new insight into coral disease spread

Published: Jul 28th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral responsible for maintaining major marine habitats and providing a natural barrier against hurricanes in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown origin.

UF study shows tundra fires could accelerate climate warming

UF study shows tundra fires could accelerate climate warming

Published: Jul 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.

UF survey: Consumer confidence registers modest increase in July

Published: Jul 26th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Increased optimism about making major purchases played a significant role in consumer confidence rising two points in July to 68, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF scientist to discuss work leading to sawfish addition to endangered list

UF scientist to discuss work leading to sawfish addition to endangered list

Published: Jul 21st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida shark expert George Burgess is slated to speak at an international conference Monday about research that allowed the largetooth sawfish to be named a U.S. endangered species last week.

UF study strengthens concerns about long-term use of certain painkillers

UF study strengthens concerns about long-term use of certain painkillers

Published: Jul 21st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Painkillers such as ibuprofen, naxopren and celecoxib provide needed relief for many patients who have chronic pain. But an ongoing source of contention is whether those drugs and others in their class known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are linked to harmful health effects.

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

Published: Jul 20th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like a pest control technician’s dream come true—eradicating hard-to-reach underground termite colonies by introducing small quantities of a pathogen or parasite, a practice called biological control.

Loss of large predators, herbivores causes wide disruption of ecosystems

Published: Jul 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain caused by humans has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent findings conducted by an international team of scientists, including a University of Florida professor.

UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world’s largest telescope

UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world’s largest telescope

Published: Jul 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida astronomers are testing a new infrared camera this summer at the world’s largest telescope that will allow researchers to look for planets outside our own solar system and better explore hidden black holes at the centers of galaxies.

UF researcher, collaborators: Soil microbes aggravate global warming

Published: Jul 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plants are good for the planet because, among other things, they help offset the effects of global climate change. It turns out, however, that other members of the terrestrial ecosystem, soil microbes, may exacerbate the problem, offsetting some of the beneficial effects of plants.

Genetic analysis of costly cattle disease may aid in vaccine development

Genetic analysis of costly cattle disease may aid in vaccine development

Published: Jul 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine say proteins common to multiple strains of Anaplasma marginale, a tick-borne pathogen that costs the U.S. cattle industry millions of dollars annually and is even more devastating in developing countries, could hold the key to developing an effective vaccine against the disease.