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UF: Florida’s consumer confidence unchanged for December

Published: Dec 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained unchanged in December, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. December’s figure was 74, the same as the revised November reading. Overall confidence reached a post-recession peak in September and October at 80, but is down six points for the second month.

Discovery of Africa moth species important for agriculture, controlling invasive plants

Published: Dec 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the rain forests of the Congo, where mammals and birds are hunted to near-extinction, an impenetrable sound of buzzing insects blankets the atmosphere.

UF study: ‘Tools for getting along’ curriculum helps schoolchildren solve social conflicts

Published: Dec 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida special education researchers have found a method to help at-risk students with significant behavioral problems learn to calm aggressive tendencies and actively solve their social conflicts.

UF/IFAS announces $1.5 million Tropicana gift for citrus faculty post focused on innovation

Published: Dec 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials and company representatives announced today.

Researchers pinpoint culprits in grapefruit/drug interactions, UF/IFAS citrus breeder says

Published: Dec 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The quest to develop a grapefruit hybrid that will not interact with medication has taken a step forward, as researchers pinpoint compounds most responsible for the problem, a University of Florida citrus breeder says.

UF/IFAS study: Though manatee population has grown, low diversity still a risk

Published: Dec 18th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new research study gauging the outlook for the Florida manatee shows that it’s a case of great news and not-so-great news.

UF/IFAS researchers say Florida panther effort likely saved big cats from extinction

Published: Dec 17th, 2012

ESVILLE, Fla. — When wildlife managers imported eight female Texas pumas in hopes they would mate with native Florida panthers, they knew they were taking a bit of a risk.

Plants in space: Gravity not needed to orient root growth, UF researchers find

Published: Dec 12th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plant growth is not as dependent on gravity as previously thought, according to new research from the University of Florida.

UF researchers: Understanding pancreas size may help unlock cause of Type 1 diabetes

Published: Dec 11th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People at risk for Type 1 diabetes may have fewer insulin-producing “beta” cells than people not at risk, a finding that could help researchers shed light on what causes the disease, a new University of Florida study shows.

New test adds to scientists’ understanding of Earth’s history, resources

New test adds to scientists’ understanding of Earth’s history, resources

Published: Dec 5th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher provides the first direct chronological test of sequence stratigraphy, a powerful tool for exploring Earth’s natural resources.