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Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Published: Dec 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An outbreak of food-related illness, such as E. coli-tainted spinach, often leaves food safety experts scratching their heads over the source of the contamination.

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

Published: Dec 2nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there.

UF’s bird sound recordings to go digital, online with help of grant

UF’s bird sound recordings to go digital, online with help of grant

Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida ornithologists are preparing to digitize nearly all of UF’s analog bird-sound field recordings, one of the largest collections in the Western Hemisphere with 23,650 cataloged recordings representing about 3,000 species.

UF experts launch Web page to gather Cuban tree frog reports from citizens

UF experts launch Web page to gather Cuban tree frog reports from citizens

Published: Nov 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If Cuban tree frogs have invaded your neighborhood, University of Florida experts want to know — so they’ve launched a Web page encouraging residents to report the super-sized amphibians.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Published: Nov 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.

Termites’ gut reactions show how to improve renewable fuel, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 4th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termite damage costs the U.S. more than $1 billion each year, but that same destructive power might help solve one of the nation’s most pressing economic quandaries: sustainable fuel production.

UF research examines how common pesticide mixes may affect bee die-offs

Published: Oct 29th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Since reports of widespread bee die-offs began to surface in October 2006, researchers have investigated possible reasons ranging from hive-infecting mites to cell phone-tower radiation. They have yet to pinpoint the cause of colony collapse disorder — most likely, because there isn’t just one, say University of Florida researchers.

UF professor flies high in the small world of owl-pellet gathering

UF professor flies high in the small world of owl-pellet gathering

Published: Oct 26th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dissecting owl pellets and reconstructing animal skeletons inside can be a gruesomely great educational experience for youngsters – so much so, that demand for owl pellets has spawned a cottage industry.

Donation of Lepidoptera collection to UF will boost biodiversity research

Donation of Lepidoptera collection to UF will boost biodiversity research

Published: Oct 13th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A gift of more than 2 million butterfly and moth specimens to the University of Florida contains hundreds and possibly more than 1,000 new unnamed species, and will help researchers better understand biodiversity and environmental changes.

National UF butterfly science curriculum engages kids as scientists

National UF butterfly science curriculum engages kids as scientists

Published: Oct 1st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Youth around the country will become bona fide butterfly researchers as part of a new science curriculum developed by University of Florida faculty and staff.