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No gains in Florida’s consumer confidence as economic woes increase

Published: Dec 29th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s overall consumer confidence remained unchanged at 69 in December, but increasing pessimism about personal finances reflects the state’s worsening economic plight as housing prices fell and unemployment rose, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF researchers find lone culprit behind greening

UF researchers find lone culprit behind greening

Published: Dec 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have shown that the disease that threatens to devastate the world’s citrus crop is almost certainly the result of a lone species of bacteria, and not that of a combination of bacterial or viral pathogens as some have feared.

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Published: Dec 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An outbreak of food-related illness, such as E. coli-tainted spinach, often leaves food safety experts scratching their heads over the source of the contamination.

New forensic technique gives clues about sharks from bite damage

Published: Dec 1st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hit-and-run attacks by sharks can be solved with a new technique that identifies the culprits by the unique chomp they put on their victims, according to a University of Florida researcher and shark expert.

Highest jobless rate in three decades causes drop in consumer confidence

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell three points to 69 in November amid continued concerns over the state’s high unemployment rate, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Floridians plan to spend little more than last year this gift-giving season

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s retailers are in for a repeat of last year’s dismal holiday season, with consumers expecting to spend about the same amount of money on gifts, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Dengue virus returns to Florida after more than 50 years, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida mosquito researchers are watching with a wary eye as dengue virus returns to the state after more than 50 years.

UF experts launch Web page to gather Cuban tree frog reports from citizens

UF experts launch Web page to gather Cuban tree frog reports from citizens

Published: Nov 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If Cuban tree frogs have invaded your neighborhood, University of Florida experts want to know — so they’ve launched a Web page encouraging residents to report the super-sized amphibians.

UF grape research aims to push wine, grape industries beyond climate and pest obstacles

Published: Nov 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research that could transform grape production around the world is under way in the heart of Florida.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Published: Nov 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.