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Researchers: Treated wood poses long-term threat

Published: Dec 23rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Arsenic from treated lumber used in decks, utility poles and fences will likely leach into the environment for decades to come, possibly threatening groundwater, according to two research papers published online Wednesday.

Research: Snails were overlooked contributors to marsh destruction

Research: Snails were overlooked contributors to marsh destruction

Published: Dec 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Buoyed by the effects of an intense drought, otherwise harmless snails likely killed off thousands of acres of salt marsh in the Southeast in recent years.

UF study first to quantify validity of DNA I.D. tool using marine snails

UF study first to quantify validity of DNA I.D. tool using marine snails

Published: Nov 28th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A trendy holiday gift within a decade may be a hand-held device that instantly identifies any species from a snippet of animal tissue, says a University of Florida researcher.

Engineers create super compressible foam-like films

Published: Nov 24th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At the heart of the promises of nanotechnology – the emerging science of making molecular machines – are carbon nanotubes. These are tiny cylinders with remarkable properties that could improve products ranging from house paint to microchips.

UF researcher: Global warming dramatically changed ancient forests

UF researcher: Global warming dramatically changed ancient forests

Published: Nov 10th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Palmettos in Pennsylvania? Magnolias in Minnesota? The migration of subtropical plants to northern climates may not be too far-fetched if future global warming patterns mirror a monumental shift that took place in the past, new research by an international team of scientists suggests.

Innovative UF graduate program receives five-year $3.1 million grant

Published: Nov 3rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Starting next summer, the University of Florida will take an innovative approach to graduate student education through a program that will give students a wider range of knowledge and experience through fellowships that take an interdisciplinary approach to research.

$6 million grant supports UF genetic research on loblolly pine

$6 million grant supports UF genetic research on loblolly pine

Published: Oct 11th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the aid of a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Florida researchers are working with scientists at the University of California, Davis; North Carolina State University; and Texas A&M University to identify genes that regulate wood properties and disease-resistance traits in loblolly pine.

UF robot car, though not a winner, turns in exciting performance

Published: Oct 10th, 2005

PRIMM, Nev. — A University of Florida-built robot car drove at least 23 miles in a $2 million race across the desert Saturday before turning off a road and stopping for unknown reasons.

A new angle on flowers: fish are players in pollination

A new angle on flowers: fish are players in pollination

Published: Oct 5th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flowering plants near ponds may owe their pollination not only to the winged creatures of the air, but also to the finned ones of the deep.

Polar bears hold key to understanding health risk of environmental pollutants

Published: Sep 29th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Polar bears and people, at the chilly top of the Arctic’s food chain, risk consuming a smorgasbord of industrial pollutants that have seeped into their habitat and pose potential health hazards.