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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.