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Under lab conditions, Salmonella can reach tomato fruits through leaves, UF study shows

Under lab conditions, Salmonella can reach tomato fruits through leaves, UF study shows

Published: Nov 9th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Food-safety experts have long believed that Salmonella bacteria could only enter tomatoes through wounds in the stem or fruit — but a new University of Florida laboratory study shows it can also happen another way.

UF grape researcher wins $2.2 million grant to create consumer-friendly muscadines

Published: Oct 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida grape researcher Dennis Gray has been awarded a five-year, $2.2 million specialty crop grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to continue his work toward creating disease-resistant, seedless muscadine grape varieties.

Mosquito threat emerges as season peaks, UF researchers report

Published: Aug 30th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also an economic and health concern, say University of Florida researchers.

University of Florida-led teams awarded $6.9 million for climate change projects

Published: Jun 30th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida-led teams have been awarded federal grants totaling $6.9 million for projects to develop heat-resistant corn and develop extension programs to help farmers cope with climate variability and climate change.

UF: Insecticide resistance developing in psyllid that carries citrus disease

UF: Insecticide resistance developing in psyllid that carries citrus disease

Published: May 9th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida’s war against citrus greening, producers face a new threat — the insects they’re fighting are becoming less sensitive to insecticides, according to a new University of Florida study.

Report identifies Top 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations that cause illness

Published: Apr 28th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute have identified the Top 10 riskiest combinations of foods and disease-causing microorganisms, providing an important tool for food safety officials charged with protecting consumers from these costly and potentially life-threatening bugs.

UF researcher’s work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

UF researcher’s work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

Published: Apr 26th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dennis Gray may not be able to control Florida’s humidity, but he wants to help popular grape varieties shrug off fungal diseases that thrive in muggy weather, and open up new markets for the state’s growers and winemakers.

UF researcher creates plan to protect U.S. banana supply

Published: Mar 8th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The banana consumers know today could disappear from U.S. store shelves because of a tropical disease, just as its predecessor did more than 50 years ago, and a University of Florida researcher warns that awareness is needed to stop history from repeating itself.

Updated UF scientific report explains relationship between turf grass, water quality

Published: Feb 24th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lawn fertilizer misuse is one of many factors degrading water quality in Florida and summertime fertilizer bans may not be a quick-fix solution, according to an updated report released this week by University of Florida scientists.

South American beetle released by UF researchers benefits Florida ranchers

South American beetle released by UF researchers benefits Florida ranchers

Published: Jan 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Over the past two decades, Florida cattle ranchers have spent as much as $16 million a year doing battle with an invasive weed called tropical soda apple, known as TSA, that takes over pastures, elbowing out the forage grasses ranchers need for their cattle.