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Consumer confidence unchanged among Floridians in December

Published: Dec 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence this month remained unchanged from November’s mark of 71, but there was significant movement among the five components that comprised the index, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF’s new interdisciplinary center will boost early childhood learning

Published: Dec 14th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The growing movement to provide high-quality, early learning experiences for Florida’s youngest children received a major boost today when the University of Florida announced the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.

Rose fragrance no influence on vase life, UF researchers find

Published: Dec 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Connoisseurs of cut roses often believe that the most fragrant blossoms are also the quickest to wilt, but a new University of Florida study disproves that notion and indicates breeders can develop varieties that smell great and last long.

UF study: White ibis mating habits altered by mercury consumption

Published: Nov 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When University of Florida researchers began studying the effects of mercury consumption on white ibises, they had a hunch the contaminant might affect the birds’ ability to produce chicks.

Florida’s consumer confidence retains most of last month’s gains

Published: Nov 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence dipped only slightly in November to 72 after a large jump in October, portending good news for holiday retailers as higher levels of optimism remained in effect, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Fogging, misting systems can protect ornamental foliage plants from cold, UF experts say

Published: Nov 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida winters are mild by human standards, but don’t tell that to an aglaonema, sometimes called Chinese evergreen.

UF, FSU receive grant for community-based clinical research

Published: Nov 15th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida and the Florida State University College of Medicine today jointly received $600,000 from the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida to strengthen research, education and service efforts in public health and to boost economic growth.

Florida’s citrus industry could benefit from soil analysis concepts developing at UF

Published: Nov 9th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many of Florida’s natural conditions are perfect for growing citrus. One that’s imperfect is the state’s patchwork variety of soil types, and University of Florida researchers say the situation comes with a price tag for growers and consumers.

UF study: Election and high unemployment add to fears for real estate

Published: Nov 1st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Uncertainty persists in Florida’s real estate markets, aggravated by the state’s high jobless rate and fears about the upcoming election, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Florida’s consumer confidence gets big boost from variety of factors

Published: Oct 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Historically low interest rates, bargains on condominiums and the moratorium on foreclosures were the likely causes of a six-point jump in Florida’s consumer confidence in October to 74, its highest level in six months, according to a new University of Florida survey.