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Ants take on Goliath role in protecting trees in the savanna from elephants

Published: Sep 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ants are not out of their weight class when defending trees from the appetite of nature’s heavyweight, the African elephant, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF researchers to document boating patterns; could aid endangered whales

Published: Aug 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — One of the world’s most endangered whale species makes its way south every winter to give birth in waters near northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.

UF study shows carnivore species shrank during global warming event

UF study shows carnivore species shrank during global warming event

Published: Aug 24th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study indicates extinct carnivorous mammals shrank in size during a global warming event that occurred 55 million years ago.

UF research finds termite enzymes could be boon to cellulosic ethanol

Published: Aug 23rd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termite spit may soon help fill our gas tanks. University of Florida researchers have isolated two enzymes termites use to break up lignin, a tough plant material that is major problem during the production of cellulosic ethanol.

UF selected for Department of Energy project

Published: Aug 16th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as one of the 15 research and deployment partnerships to participate in a four-year $90 million research project. The objective is to deliver innovative energy efficiency strategies to the residential market and address barriers to bringing high-efficiency homes within reach for all Americans.

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Published: Aug 11th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers know that buying locally produced food stimulates the local economy, and a University of Florida researcher says the same idea applies when power plants use locally produced wood as fuel.

Artificial sweetener could help soybean plants resist rust disease, UF researchers say

Published: Aug 10th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say.

UF researchers identifying, developing noninvasive ornamental plant varieties

UF researchers identifying, developing noninvasive ornamental plant varieties

Published: Aug 4th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plants from around the world beautify America’s yards, and to minimize the chance that exotic species will grow where they shouldn’t, University of Florida researchers are identifying and developing varieties with a low risk of running wild.

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Published: Jul 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To beat summer heat, winter cold and other harsh environmental conditions, many insects temporarily drop into a state similar to hibernation to conserve energy and reduce stress, and University of Florida researchers say this phenomenon could lead to new pest control methods.

Study: Climate change results in larger, more numerous mountain rodents

Study: Climate change results in larger, more numerous mountain rodents

Published: Jul 22nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In what researchers say is one of the most direct illustrations of global climate change’s impact on animals, a new study shows that longer summers and milder winters have allowed yellow-bellied marmots to grow larger and increase in numbers.