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Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Published: Dec 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A plant-destroying virus farmers call one of their worst enemies may soon be an ally in the fight against crop pests and mosquitoes, say University of Florida researchers.

New consortium aims to promote better research to protect state’s forests

Published: Nov 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each day, Florida gains an average of 1,000 residents and loses more than 200 acres of forest—but University of Florida experts say rapid urbanization doesn’t doom the state to a treeless existence.

With spinach, it may be what’s on the inside that counts

With spinach, it may be what’s on the inside that counts

Published: Sep 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As investigators narrow the search for the source of E. coli-tainted spinach to just a few farms in three California counties, researchers suggest it may be just as important to examine how the plants acquired and carried the bacteria as it is to find the original point of contamination.

Energy does grow on trees

Energy does grow on trees

Published: Sep 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Road warriors, it may be time to hug a tree. In a few years, you could find yourself filling your gas tank with ethanol derived from specially bred black cottonwood trees — and at prices not seen since the 1990s.

UF launches one of the nation’s first organic agriculture degree programs

Published: Aug 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With revenues from U.S. organic food sales climbing by almost 20 percent each year, the demand for skilled workers in this field is booming – and a new University of Florida academic program will help meet producers’ needs.

UF introduces three new peanuts: Florida-07, York and McCloud

Published: Aug 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are releasing three new peanut varieties – two of them named for former university administrators – that they hope will give a market-dominant Georgia peanut some hearty competition.

Texas winemakers find success in award-winning wine made from UF’s hardy grape

Texas winemakers find success in award-winning wine made from UF’s hardy grape

Published: Jul 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Along with dusty boots, cattle and big pickup trucks, try this Texas icon on for size: a dry, fruity white wine with a striking bouquet.

UF researchers discover cause of “vine decline” virus

UF researchers discover cause of “vine decline” virus

Published: Jul 5th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Your crop is a week or two from harvest when vines and leaves begin to yellow, crumple and die in a matter of days. Or you’ve shipped produce cross-country, where unsuspecting customers cut into fruit that looks fine on the outside, but brown and gummy inside.

Mother’s Day roses could soon smell sweeter, thanks to UF research

Mother’s Day roses could soon smell sweeter, thanks to UF research

Published: May 11th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may have good news for disappointed consumers who want to know why their Mother’s Day roses just don’t smell as good as they used to.

Protected agriculture project boosts crop yields by 10 times over field-grown production

Protected agriculture project boosts crop yields by 10 times over field-grown production

Published: Apr 20th, 2006

CITRA, Fla. — With a few taps on a computer keyboard, University of Florida researchers can control just about every aspect of growing vegetables and other high-value crops in greenhouses that protect plants from pests and diseases – boosting yields by 10 times over field-grown production.