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Study: Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change

Published: Dec 22nd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.

Change in geometry improves aerodynamics, UF researchers say

Published: Dec 20th, 2013

GAINESVILLE—Kids and dogs understand the force of air, when they stick their hands and heads out of moving cars only to feel them pushed back. It may be invisible, but air is like a see-through net dragging a vehicle back as it strains to move forward.

New plant genome study may offer clues to improving all major food crops

Published: Dec 19th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers and their colleagues have sequenced the genome of the flowering plant Amborella for the first time, potentially revealing why flowers may have proliferated millions of years ago and offering clues for improving all major food crop species.

UF develops first high-altitude device to help detect health threats from the sky

UF develops first high-altitude device to help detect health threats from the sky

Published: Dec 5th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is exploring whether the latest plant, animal or human health threats will come from the sky

UF researchers’ experiment is first to simulate warming of Arctic permafrost

Published: Dec 5th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although vegetation growth in the Arctic is boosted by global warming, it’s not enough to offset the carbon released by the thawing of the permafrost beneath the […]

UF scientists celebrate Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

Published: Oct 8th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers who played a significant role in proving the existence of the Higgs boson – the so-called God particle — is celebrating today to mark the announcement that the Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to the two scientists who nearly 50 years ago theorized the Higgs’ existence.

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline

Published: Sep 23rd, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests modern species living in rapidly declining reef habitats may now be at risk.

UF receives grant to join national metabolomics consortium

Published: Sep 18th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– To help chart the course of biomedical discovery in the newest of the “-omics” frontiers, the University of Florida today launched the Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics with a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Museum researchers receive $450,000 grant to classify butterfly group

Published: Sep 11th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have received a three-year, $458,104 National Science Foundation grant to research a common, but often misidentified, butterfly group.

UF study helps quantify biodiversity decrease around farmland

UF study helps quantify biodiversity decrease around farmland

Published: Sep 9th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Animal biodiversity suffers near conservation areas that border big farms, and the effects can spread for miles, according to a new study by University of Florida researchers […]