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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.

Uncertainty about jobs holds back real estate resurgence, UF study shows

Published: Nov 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the state’s high jobless rate, Florida’s real estate outlook is plagued by the most dangerous condition to delay an economic recovery: uncertainty, according to the latest University of Florida survey.