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UF launches newest preeminence initiative aimed at biodiversity

Published: Jul 23rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans.

UF research shows rhymes can inspire reasoning during the third trimester in the womb

Published: Jul 22nd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mozart, Beethoven or even Shakespeare — pregnant mothers have been known to expose their babies to many forms of auditory stimulation. But according to researchers at the University of Florida, all a baby really needs is the music of mom’s voice.

Medical entrepreneur pledges $1 million to new chemistry building

Published: Jul 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A preeminent university should have first-class chemistry facilities. That belief inspired Dr. Howard Sheridan and his wife, Brenda, both University of Florida alumni, to pledge $1 million toward a new chemistry and chemical biology building at UF.

With a little help, citizen scientists can be good proxies, research shows

With a little help, citizen scientists can be good proxies, research shows

Published: Jul 7th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Anyone can collect ant data as accurately as experts, if they have a bit of guidance and the right tools: cookies, index cards and plastic zip-top bags.

Deforestation remedies can have unintended consequences, UF researchers say

Published: Jul 2nd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

Great White Shark population in good health along California coast, UF study finds

Great White Shark population in good health along California coast, UF study finds

Published: Jun 16th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Great White Shark is not endangered in the Eastern North Pacific, and, in fact, is doing well enough that its numbers likely are growing, according to an international research team led by a University of Florida researcher.

Perennial corn crops? It could happen with new plant-breeding tool developed at UF/IFAS

Published: Jun 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Since the first plant genome sequence was obtained for the plant Arabidopsis in 2000, scientists have gene-sequenced everything from cannabis to castor bean.

Retracing citrus’ earliest roots to find clues for healthier future

Retracing citrus’ earliest roots to find clues for healthier future

Published: Jun 9th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — That orange you’re enjoying may have been grown in Florida, but its deepest ancestral roots stretch back more than 5 million years, all the way to two wild citrus species from Southeast Asia.

UF study names ancient crocodilian featured in Titanoboa documentary

UF study names ancient crocodilian featured in Titanoboa documentary

Published: May 23rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study describes a 16-foot, 900-pound ancient species of crocodilian that swam in the same rivers as Titanoboa 60 million years ago in the world’s oldest-known rain forest.

New chemical language of neural systems is revealed

Published: May 21st, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Comb jellies – a seemingly simple form of marine life — took a radically different path to neural complexity than the rest of the animal kingdom, a finding that could have implications for synthetic and regenerative medicine, new University of Florida research shows.