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UF/IFAS announces $1.5 million Tropicana gift for citrus faculty post focused on innovation

Published: Dec 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials and company representatives announced today.

Researchers pinpoint culprits in grapefruit/drug interactions, UF/IFAS citrus breeder says

Published: Dec 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The quest to develop a grapefruit hybrid that will not interact with medication has taken a step forward, as researchers pinpoint compounds most responsible for the problem, a University of Florida citrus breeder says.

UF researcher exploring plant preservation method that could help endangered species

Published: Dec 4th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist is researching a method to freeze and preserve orchid seeds, and besides aiding producers, it might also give endangered plants a better chance at survival.

Tunnel technology could help Florida blueberry growers, UF/IFAS study suggests

Published: Nov 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Protecting Florida’s $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels could shield plants from cold and promote earlier fruit ripening.

UF/IFAS scientists discover enzyme that improves flavor of ripening tomatoes

Published: Nov 1st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The enzyme CXE1 will never be a household name, but a new University of Florida study suggests that tomato lovers owe it a debt of thanks nonetheless — without it, their favorite fruit might not be so tasty.

UF/IFAS part of team to receive $9 million USDA citrus greening grant

Published: Oct 2nd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Citrus Research and Development Foundation, a University of Florida direct-support organization, will receive a $9 million federal grant to try to prevent the insect that transmits citrus greening from spreading the disease.

UF/IFAS research into bacterial disease could lead to natural herbicide

UF/IFAS research into bacterial disease could lead to natural herbicide

Published: Sep 26th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are researching a natural herbicide that could be used in traditional and organic farming.

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Published: Sep 25th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doing business with a farmers’ market phony selling non-local food might bother some shoppers, but not all, according to a new University of Florida study.

Swine flu present in many ‘healthy’ farm-show pigs, UF researchers report

Swine flu present in many ‘healthy’ farm-show pigs, UF researchers report

Published: Aug 15th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite their healthy appearance, several pigs on show at a 2009 U.S. state fair competition were infected with swine flu, according to a new study by University of Florida infectious disease experts.

UF researcher part of papaya study that sheds light on development of sex chromosomes

UF researcher part of papaya study that sheds light on development of sex chromosomes

Published: Aug 13th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For humans, gender is one of the defining characteristics of life, but for papayas, it’s more like a work in progress.