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UF: Florida’s consumer confidence unchanged for December

Published: Dec 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained unchanged in December, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. December’s figure was 74, the same as the revised November reading. Overall confidence reached a post-recession peak in September and October at 80, but is down six points for the second month.

UF/IFAS study: Though manatee population has grown, low diversity still a risk

Published: Dec 18th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new research study gauging the outlook for the Florida manatee shows that it’s a case of great news and not-so-great news.

UF/IFAS researchers say Florida panther effort likely saved big cats from extinction

Published: Dec 17th, 2012

ESVILLE, Fla. — When wildlife managers imported eight female Texas pumas in hopes they would mate with native Florida panthers, they knew they were taking a bit of a risk.

UF researcher exploring plant preservation method that could help endangered species

Published: Dec 4th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist is researching a method to freeze and preserve orchid seeds, and besides aiding producers, it might also give endangered plants a better chance at survival.

University of Florida moves up in national rankings for research spending

Published: Dec 3rd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida jumped from 14th to 12th in a national ranking of research and development spending at the top 30 public universities in 2011.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence shows post-election decline

Published: Nov 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence declined in November to 76, down four points from the revised October reading of 80, according to a new University of Florida study. However, while consumer confidence is historically low, it is still relatively high post-recession, said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Tunnel technology could help Florida blueberry growers, UF/IFAS study suggests

Published: Nov 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Protecting Florida’s $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels could shield plants from cold and promote earlier fruit ripening.

Rare human parasite found in U.S. horse for the first time, University of Florida researchers report

Published: Nov 15th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A rare, potentially fatal species of parasite never before found in North America has been identified in a Florida horse.

Strategies to control crazy ants taking shape for UF/IFAS researchers

Published: Nov 15th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Their name is comical, but when crazy ants infest a neighborhood it’s no laughing matter.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence remains at near post-recession high

Published: Oct 30th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians’ consumer confidence remained near a post-recession high in October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.