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UF grape research aims to push wine, grape industries beyond climate and pest obstacles

Published: Nov 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research that could transform grape production around the world is under way in the heart of Florida.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Published: Nov 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.

UF releases first citrus cultivar; Sugar Belle packs a tasty punch

Published: Oct 22nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sugar Belle — a bold mandarin orange hybrid that ripens in time for the winter holiday market — will be the first University of Florida-created citrus variety intended for commercial production.

Goodbye ‘R’ rule? Oyster pathogen test may help make shellfish safer

Goodbye ‘R’ rule? Oyster pathogen test may help make shellfish safer

Published: Oct 14th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The oyster lover’s axiom of edibility — that this shellfish is safest to eat in any month with an “r” in it — may soon become somewhat of a culinary anachronism, thanks to a new food-safety test developed with help from the University of Florida.

Establishing healthy shrubs not the water-consuming task many think, UF research shows

Establishing healthy shrubs not the water-consuming task many think, UF research shows

Published: Sep 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Good news for your utility bills and the environment: New University of Florida research shows that landscape shrubs need much less water to establish healthy roots than you might expect.

New UF-housed wildfire ‘strike team’ teaches safe burning techniques

Published: Aug 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to fighting fires, it’s usually the guy with the hose that gets all the hero worship. But as ever-increasing temperatures and droughts bring a greater threat from wildfires, sometimes it’s the guy with a torch who can do the most good.

UF team finds ‘alligator tree’ bacteria might improve cellulosic ethanol production

Published: Jul 27th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most would identify the tree by its often troublesome, spiky “gumballs,” but what many call the sweetgum tree also goes by another name, thanks to its distinctive, […]

UF researchers receive $643,000 federal grant to study wood-quality gene for fuel production

UF researchers receive $643,000 federal grant to study wood-quality gene for fuel production

Published: Jul 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A newly discovered gene may be the key to producing fuel ethanol more efficiently from trees, and the University of Florida researchers who identified it have received […]

Native holly can provide caffeinated, antioxidant-rich beverage, UF experts say

Native holly can provide caffeinated, antioxidant-rich beverage, UF experts say

Published: Jun 25th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coffee and tea drinkers, take note — a University of Florida study says a beverage made from a native holly tree might be just the thing to give you a caffeinated kick-start, plus a dose of antioxidants.

Predatory mite could put the bite on invasive crop pest, UF researcher says

Predatory mite could put the bite on invasive crop pest, UF researcher says

Published: Apr 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chilli thrips sound more like a snack food than an agricultural menace, but these tiny insects threaten many of the Sunshine State’s most important crops — fortunately, University of Florida research shows a predatory mite gobbles them up like popcorn.