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Study: Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change

Published: Dec 22nd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.

UF research shows coral reefs can be saved

Published: Dec 17th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although some scientists suggest that coral reefs are headed for certain doom, a new study by University of Florida and Caribbean researchers indicates even damaged reefs can recover.

UF researchers’ experiment is first to simulate warming of Arctic permafrost

Published: Dec 5th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although vegetation growth in the Arctic is boosted by global warming, it’s not enough to offset the carbon released by the thawing of the permafrost beneath the […]

UF researcher: Southeast must prepare for wild weather from climate change

Published: Nov 13th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People who live in the southeastern United States should begin to prepare for more drastically changing weather conditions — everything from heat waves to poorer air quality — caused by climate change, according to a new book, edited by a University of Florida researcher.

UF/IFAS study: In battle against flies, don’t toss old bulbs

UF/IFAS study: In battle against flies, don’t toss old bulbs

Published: Oct 31st, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Restaurants and supermarkets could save millions of dollars by hanging on to bug zapper bulbs instead of tossing them every year as they normally do, a new University of Florida study has found.

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline

Published: Sep 23rd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests modern species living in rapidly declining reef habitats may now be at risk.

UF/IFAS research: termite ‘poop’ nest material creates natural antibiotic

Published: Sep 19th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For some 50 years, scientists have tried — but failed — to find a way to use microbes as a means of biological control for destructive subterranean termites.

Museum researchers receive $450,000 grant to classify butterfly group

Published: Sep 11th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have received a three-year, $458,104 National Science Foundation grant to research a common, but often misidentified, butterfly group.

UF study helps quantify biodiversity decrease around farmland

UF study helps quantify biodiversity decrease around farmland

Published: Sep 9th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Animal biodiversity suffers near conservation areas that border big farms, and the effects can spread for miles, according to a new study by University of Florida researchers […]

UF: Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

UF: Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

Published: Sep 5th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The migration of mature female tiger sharks during late summer and fall to the main Hawaiian Islands, presumably to give birth, could provide insight into attacks in that area, according to a University of Florida scientist.