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UF researchers hopeful canker can be managed

Published: Jan 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The fight to eradicate citrus canker from Florida ended last week when federal officials announced they’d stop funding removal of exposed trees, but researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are confident that in time the disease can be managed to ensure the future viability of the $9.1 billion Florida citrus industry.

UF researchers say citrus greening can be managed with new biological and chemical controls

Published: Jan 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Canker topped the list of worries for the Florida citrus industry until citrus greening – described as the world’s most serious citrus disease – was found in groves last year.

Florida land boom: New UF survey shows Florida farmland values increased by 50 percent to 88 percent during past year

Florida land boom: New UF survey shows Florida farmland values increased by 50 percent to 88 percent during past year

Published: Jan 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Demand for land by developers, investors and speculators pushed the value of agricultural land to record levels in all regions of the state during the past year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF research shows that methyl bromide use on crops can be reduced by 50 percent under metalized bed covers

UF research shows that methyl bromide use on crops can be reduced by 50 percent under metalized bed covers

Published: Jan 12th, 2006

WIMAUMA, Fla. — With this month’s federal ban on most uses of methyl bromide, University of Florida scientists are searching for alternatives to the widely used soil fumigant that is essential for the production of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals in Florida and the nation.

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows

Published: Jan 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Brazilian berry popular in health food contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.

When freezes threaten crops, UF’s automated weather network helps growers avoid losses

When freezes threaten crops, UF’s automated weather network helps growers avoid losses

Published: Jan 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When freezes threaten crops, growers rely on the Florida Automated Weather Network for accurate weather data to protect their crops. In addition to delivering weather data 24 hours daily, the University of Florida network helps farmers improve their irrigation efficiency and provides reliable climate predictions months in advance.