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Strawberry genome-sequence will lead to better fruit for consumers

Strawberry genome-sequence will lead to better fruit for consumers

Published: Dec 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An international team of scientists led by the University of Florida and Virginia Tech is the first to publish the DNA sequence for the strawberry — a development expected to yield tastier, hardier varieties of the berry and other crops in its family.

Discovery by UF geologist rekindles debate on origins of multi-cellular life

Published: Dec 22nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A recent discovery by a University of Florida geologist may lend support to the theory that one of the defining moments of evolution may not have occurred as currently thought.

UF study provides new insight into origin, evolution of flowering plants

Published: Dec 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flowering plants have evolved at explosive rates throughout history, yet scientists since Charles Darwin have been faced with the great biological mystery of how they originated.

UF expert: Biodiversity loss correlates with increases in infectious disease

Published: Dec 1st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Habitat destruction and species extinction may lead to an increase in diseases that infect humans and other species, according to a paper in the journal Nature co-authored by a University of Florida ecologist.

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.

Grant to help astronomy department search skies for habitable planets

Published: Oct 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At a time when astronomers are searching for Earth-like planets, the University of Florida has received a grant for $500,000 to lead the pack.

UF research gives clues about carbon dioxide patterns at end of Ice Age

Published: Oct 25th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New University of Florida research puts to rest the mystery of where old carbon was stored during the last glacial period. It turns out it ended up in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

UF team’s work pays off with unmanned-flight system that captures valuable data

UF team’s work pays off with unmanned-flight system that captures valuable data

Published: Oct 20th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On an airboat on Lake Okeechobee, four University of Florida researchers prepare to launch an airplane – by hand.

UF to help sequence genome of flowering plants’ ancient living relative

UF to help sequence genome of flowering plants’ ancient living relative

Published: Oct 14th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are part of a nationwide team preparing to open a door into better understanding plant evolution by sequencing the genome of the single living sister species to all other flowering plants.

UF research provides new understanding of bizarre extinct mammal

UF research provides new understanding of bizarre extinct mammal

Published: Oct 11th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers presenting new fossil evidence of an exceptionally well-preserved 55-million-year-old North American mammal have found it shares a common ancestor with rodents and primates, including humans.