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Rare deep-water giant squid from South Florida brought to UF for research

Rare deep-water giant squid from South Florida brought to UF for research

Published: Jun 28th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers received a rare 25-foot-long, deep-water giant squid Monday, the only one of its kind in the collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Snake predator may benefit endangered bird, UF study finds

Snake predator may benefit endangered bird, UF study finds

Published: Jun 23rd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An endangered Florida bird may have some unexpected help in its struggle for survival, according to a new University of Florida study.

Efforts to spear invasive lionfish not likely to curb population, UF researchers say

Efforts to spear invasive lionfish not likely to curb population, UF researchers say

Published: Jun 22nd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lionfish are causing problems for native fish populations in Florida’s coastal waters, such as grouper and snapper, prompting efforts to try and curb populations of the invasive species.

UF develops method to make plastic from discarded plant material

UF develops method to make plastic from discarded plant material

Published: May 31st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plastic may compete with paper in the grocery line, but it doesn’t have to compete with the world’s food supply, according to University of Florida researchers.

UF research aims to help preserve plants, animals caught between forest ‘fragments’

Published: May 18th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maintaining the world’s threatened animal and plant species may rest with something as simple as knowing how far a bird can fly before it must answer nature’s call.

UF researchers develop method to remove phosphate from water, using biochar

UF researchers develop method to remove phosphate from water, using biochar

Published: May 11th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phosphate poses one of Florida’s ongoing water-quality challenges but a process developed by University of Florida researchers could provide an affordable solution, using partially burned organic matter called biochar to remove the mineral.

UF study finds cats No. 1 predator to urban mockingbird nests

UF study finds cats No. 1 predator to urban mockingbird nests

Published: May 5th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study shows cats are the dominant predator to mockingbird eggs and nestlings in urban areas, prompting conservationists to urge pet owners to keep felines indoors at night.

UF researcher’s work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

UF researcher’s work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

Published: Apr 26th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dennis Gray may not be able to control Florida’s humidity, but he wants to help popular grape varieties shrug off fungal diseases that thrive in muggy weather, and open up new markets for the state’s growers and winemakers.

New UF brochure explains owners’ options for unwanted exotic pets

Published: Apr 7th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pet owners sometimes release unwanted exotic animals into the wild, considering it an act of kindness.

Fossil bird study describes ripple effect of extinction in animal kingdom

Fossil bird study describes ripple effect of extinction in animal kingdom

Published: Mar 7th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study demonstrates extinction’s ripple effect through the animal kingdom, including how the demise of large mammals 20,000 years ago led to the disappearance of one species of cowbird.