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Geographic analysis offers new insight into coral disease spread

Published: Jul 28th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral responsible for maintaining major marine habitats and providing a natural barrier against hurricanes in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown origin.

UF study shows tundra fires could accelerate climate warming

UF study shows tundra fires could accelerate climate warming

Published: Jul 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.

UF scientist to discuss work leading to sawfish addition to endangered list

UF scientist to discuss work leading to sawfish addition to endangered list

Published: Jul 21st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida shark expert George Burgess is slated to speak at an international conference Monday about research that allowed the largetooth sawfish to be named a U.S. endangered species last week.

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

Published: Jul 20th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like a pest control technician’s dream come true—eradicating hard-to-reach underground termite colonies by introducing small quantities of a pathogen or parasite, a practice called biological control.

Loss of large predators, herbivores causes wide disruption of ecosystems

Published: Jul 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain caused by humans has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent findings conducted by an international team of scientists, including a University of Florida professor.

UF researcher, collaborators: Soil microbes aggravate global warming

Published: Jul 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plants are good for the planet because, among other things, they help offset the effects of global climate change. It turns out, however, that other members of the terrestrial ecosystem, soil microbes, may exacerbate the problem, offsetting some of the beneficial effects of plants.

UF-led team awarded more than $6.5 million for oil spill projects

Published: Jul 7th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a University of Florida-led team more than $6.5 million to study the environmental and psychological effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on communities along the Gulf coasts of Florida and Alabama.