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In A Hopeful Sign, Mercury Levels Decline In Everglades Wading Birds

Published: Dec 15th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a rare piece of good news about mercury contamination in the Everglades, a University of Florida researcher has found that levels of the pollutant in wading birds have dropped significantly since 1994.

New Poinsettia Varieties Have Names That Sound Just Delicious

Published: Dec 15th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some new treats are available for the holidays, but don’t look for them in the candy aisle or bakery — try the florist instead.

Used Lumber Good For Environment, Economy, Say UF Researchers

Published: Dec 12th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long a staple of the architectural world, salvaged building materials now can have an economical — and environmentally friendly — alternative use as studs, trusses and other basic construction components, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF Licenses New Mole Cricket Control To Biotech Firm

Published: Dec 8th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny parasite imported from South America by University of Florida researchers will soon be available commercially to end a 30-year battle with mole crickets, one of the most troublesome agricultural pests in the Southeast.

For Rice, Warmer Earth Brings Uncertain Future, UF Research Shows

Published: Nov 30th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Temperature increases anticipated as part of global warming appear to significantly reduce rice yields, a finding that has worrisome implications for the third of the world’s population that relies on rice as a primary staple.

Sweet Smell Of Success: New UF System Helps Dairy Farms Reduce Odors

Published: Nov 22nd, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With hundreds or thousands of cows eating, drinking and, well, doing what cows do naturally, dairy farms have earned a reputation for bad odors.

New UF Software Helps Protect Environmentally Sensitive Land

Published: Nov 3rd, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new computer software system designed by University of Florida scientists may help resolve the ongoing dilemma between protecting environmentally sensitive land and allowing the taxpayers who bought it to camp, fish and hike there.

UF Survey: Florida Farmland Values Continue Upward Trend

Published: Oct 25th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla .— The value of farmland throughout Florida continues to increase, with grapefruit land posting big gains for the second consecutive year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Workshop Series Teaches New Land Managers Practical Skills

Published: Oct 19th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s preservation-land purchases have outstripped the supply of people trained to manage them, prompting the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy to create a program designed to teach the day-to-day skills needed to keep the sensitive acreage on an even keel.

NASA To UF: Improve Space Technology With Earth In Mind

Published: Oct 18th, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — NASA has a dual mission for University of Florida scientists and engineers: Come up with technologies that help astronauts survive extended stays in space — and offer environmental benefits here on Earth.