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Rose fragrance no influence on vase life, UF researchers find

Published: Dec 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Connoisseurs of cut roses often believe that the most fragrant blossoms are also the quickest to wilt, but a new University of Florida study disproves that notion and indicates breeders can develop varieties that smell great and last long.

Coca-Cola and Cutrale announce $3 million in donations to boost citrus research

Published: Dec 8th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coca-Cola and Cutrale Citrus Juices announced today at a meeting of the Florida Citrus Mutual in Lake Alfred that they have each pledged $1.5 million to the University of Florida for research programs.

Fogging, misting systems can protect ornamental foliage plants from cold, UF experts say

Published: Nov 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida winters are mild by human standards, but don’t tell that to an aglaonema, sometimes called Chinese evergreen.

Florida’s citrus industry could benefit from soil analysis concepts developing at UF

Published: Nov 9th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many of Florida’s natural conditions are perfect for growing citrus. One that’s imperfect is the state’s patchwork variety of soil types, and University of Florida researchers say the situation comes with a price tag for growers and consumers.

UF-based strawberry disease project garners $2.9 million federal grant

Published: Oct 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A research and extension team based at the University of Florida has received a four-year, $2.9 million federal grant to expand efforts to forecast outbreaks of two fungal diseases threatening the nation’s strawberry crop.

Artificial sweetener could help soybean plants resist rust disease, UF researchers say

Published: Aug 10th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say.

Participants sign up for real-life Florida ‘FarmVille’

Published: Aug 5th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FarmVille, Facebook’s most popular game, allows millions to till digital soil and trade products in a virtual market. Now, University of Florida faculty are bringing social networking to real-life agriculture, and they want players.

UF experts: Spotted wing drosophila is pest for region’s berry growers, but manageable

Published: Jul 6th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A fruit fly that has given growers in the western United States fits has made its way to the Sunshine State and may spread throughout the Southeast, University of Florida researchers say.

UF releases ornamental peanut plants for use as lawn, groundcover

UF releases ornamental peanut plants for use as lawn, groundcover

Published: Jun 29th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Homeowners tired of watering, fertilizing and mowing grass have a new low-maintenance lawn option — peanuts.