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‘Little janitor’ merits attention in Florida springs’ health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

‘Little janitor’ merits attention in Florida springs’ health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: Jul 28th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say.

UF launches newest preeminence initiative aimed at biodiversity

Published: Jul 23rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans.

Deforestation remedies can have unintended consequences, UF researchers say

Published: Jul 2nd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

Invasive lizards a potential threat to Florida’s nesting reptiles, UF/IFAS researchers find

Invasive lizards a potential threat to Florida’s nesting reptiles, UF/IFAS researchers find

Published: Jun 5th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research cameras trained on the nests of Florida reptiles have caught giant, invasive lizards in the act of pilfering eggs – making them a potential threat to native turtles, alligators and crocodiles.

UF scientists discover over 100 species in drive to document biodiversity

Published: May 14th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 5-million-year-old saber-toothed cat, the world’s oldest grape and a bizarre hermit crab were among more than 100 new species discovered by University of Florida scientists last year.

UF/IFAS researchers start to pinpoint biological control for Brazilian peppertree

Published: May 13th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists.

UF/IFAS researchers target eucalyptus as source of fuel for biomass production

Published: May 6th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers working to produce ethanol from plant material are taking a hard look at eucalyptus as a possible source for the clean fuel.

UF/IFAS research findings shed light on seagrass needs

Published: Apr 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Seagrass beds represent critical and threatened coastal habitats around the world, and a new University of Florida study shows how much sunlight seagrass needs to stay healthy.

Study shows ‘dinosaurs of the turtle world’ at risk in Southeast rivers

Published: Apr 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Conservation of coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico is vital to the survival of the alligator snapping turtle, including two recently discovered species, University of Florida scientists say.

New study finds Burmese pythons have homing sense, find way back even if moved

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you pick them up and drop them in a new location, most snakes will move rapidly but erratically, often traversing the same terrain before giving up […]