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UF/IFAS research findings shed light on seagrass needs

Published: Apr 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Seagrass beds represent critical and threatened coastal habitats around the world, and a new University of Florida study shows how much sunlight seagrass needs to stay healthy.

Study shows ‘dinosaurs of the turtle world’ at risk in Southeast rivers

Published: Apr 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Conservation of coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico is vital to the survival of the alligator snapping turtle, including two recently discovered species, University of Florida scientists say.

UF: Florida consumer confidence returns to post-recession high

UF: Florida consumer confidence returns to post-recession high

Published: Mar 25th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points this month to 81, tying a post-recession high last reached in May and June of last year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF/IFAS researchers help to sequence genome for loblolly pine – major source of lumber, paper

Published: Mar 20th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s.

New study finds Burmese pythons have homing sense, find way back even if moved

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you pick them up and drop them in a new location, most snakes will move rapidly but erratically, often traversing the same terrain before giving up […]

Water management district, UF/IFAS, UF Water Institute team up to examine springs

Published: Mar 18th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is joining forces with two entities as part of a $3 million, three-year contract to provide scientific data to help protect and restore the state’s springs system. UF/IFAS’ partners in the effort are the St. Johns River Water Management District, which is funding the project, and UF’s Water Institute.

UF to begin new St. Augustine work after gift of more than 97,000 artifacts

Published: Mar 4th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida begins its 20th season of archaeological fieldwork since 1976 this week in St. Augustine at the site of America’s first colony, founded by explorer Pedro Menendez in 1565.

Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

Published: Mar 3rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster.

UF poll reveals support for state Medicaid expansion, changes to Affordable Care Act

Published: Feb 27th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A poll of registered voters in Florida on upcoming state legislative issues by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in collaboration with the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research found that 67 percent of respondents support expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Twenty-eight percent oppose expansion.

UF/IFAS researchers demonstrate improved appeal of sterile flies that save crops

Published: Feb 26th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.