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Nanotubes made from plants could allow delivery of DNA into cells, improve chemotherapy treatment

Published: Apr 3rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences took what some would consider garbage and made a remarkable scientific tool, one that could someday help to correct genetic disorders or treat cancer without chemotherapy’s nasty side effects.

UF/IFAS finds way to reduce E. coli in cows, improving food safety

UF/IFAS finds way to reduce E. coli in cows, improving food safety

Published: Mar 24th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new biological treatment could help dairy cattle stave off uterine diseases and eventually may help improve food safety for humans, a University of Florida study shows.

UF/IFAS researchers help to sequence genome for loblolly pine – major source of lumber, paper

Published: Mar 20th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s.

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

Published: Mar 18th, 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.

UF/IFAS part of $4.9 million national child obesity study

Published: Mar 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida students will create obesity prevention programs for their peers and later, for high school students, as part of a $4.9 million federal research and extension grant awarded last week.

Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

Published: Mar 3rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster.

UF/IFAS researchers demonstrate improved appeal of sterile flies that save crops

Published: Feb 26th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.

UF researchers find genetic cause for citrus canker, putting them a step closer to a cure

Published: Jan 30th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida are closer to finding a possible cure for citrus canker after identifying a gene that makes citrus trees susceptible to the bacterial pathogen

UF/IFAS study helps researchers better estimate citrus crop yields

Published: Jan 27th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Citrus crop-yield estimates may be more accurate, thus ensuring higher productivity and more revenue, if an algorithm proves as successful as it did in a recent University of Florida study.
Wonsuk “Daniel” Lee’s study, published in the January issue of the journal Biosystems Engineering, could eventually help Florida’s $9 billion-a-year citrus industry.

Study: Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change

Published: Dec 22nd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.