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Hellbender salamander study seeks answers for global amphibian decline

Published: Dec 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens.

New breakthrough shows promise for affordable plastic solar energy cells

Published: Dec 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers report they have achieved a new record in efficiency with a prototype solar cell that could be manufactured using a roll-to-roll process.

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

Published: Dec 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the world of insects, high risk of attack has led to the development of camouflage as a means for survival, especially in the larval stage. One caterpillar may look like a stick, while another disguises itself as bird droppings. Though crypsis may have its advantages, University of Florida researchers uncovered some of the most extensive evidence of caterpillars using another strategy previously best-known in adult butterflies: mimicry.

UF researcher: Climate change may happen more quickly than expected

Published: Nov 30th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As global temperatures continue to rise at an accelerated rate due to deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels, natural stores of carbon in the Arctic are cause for serious concern, researchers say.

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 15th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new University of Florida study.

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change, researchers say

Published: Oct 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition of Science.

Beneficial bacteria can help keep Florida coral healthy, UF researchers report

Beneficial bacteria can help keep Florida coral healthy, UF researchers report

Published: Oct 11th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bacteria that could potentially help corals resist the devastating disease white pox have been found by researchers at the University of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory.

UF technique to help pine forests adapt to climate change, bioenergy use

UF technique to help pine forests adapt to climate change, bioenergy use

Published: Oct 6th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A breakthrough in pine tree breeding will lead to forests better adapted to climate change and bioenergy use, University of Florida researchers report.

Bacteria can aid toxic environmental cleanups, may boost ag production, UF researchers report

Published: Oct 4th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remarkable bacteria that resist arsenic could greatly enhance cleanups of toxic environments and potentially boost agricultural production, according to a new University of Florida study.

UF-led study: Invasive amphibians, reptiles in Florida outnumber world

UF-led study: Invasive amphibians, reptiles in Florida outnumber world

Published: Sep 15th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has the world’s worst invasive amphibian and reptile problem, and a new 20-year study led by a University of Florida researcher verifies the pet trade as the No. 1 cause of the species’ introductions.