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Climate, genetics can affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Climate, genetics can affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Published: Jul 9th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s just math: The longer a mosquito lives, the better its odds of transmitting disease to humans or animals.

Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say

Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say

Published: Jul 8th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s enough to send gardeners into conniptions.

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.

Offer kids whole grains; they’ll eat them, UF/IFAS study shows

Published: Jun 23rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many parents presume their children will shun whole grains because they think they don’t like them, a University of Florida researcher says, but a new UF study may start to debunk that idea.

UF/IFAS study shows promise for antioxidants extracted from grape seeds, skin

UF/IFAS study shows promise for antioxidants extracted from grape seeds, skin

Published: Jun 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Soaking muscadine grape seeds or skins in a solution of enzymes can boost antioxidants extracted from the fruit, creating possible new uses for grape leftovers, which are loaded with nutrients, a University of Florida study shows.

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/IFAS researchers find chemicals that treat citrus greening in the lab

UF/IFAS researchers find chemicals that treat citrus greening in the lab

Published: Jun 4th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, a disease devastating Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. It is the first step in a years-long process to bring a treatment to market.

UF plant experiment included on first science mission of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

Published: Jun 3rd, 2014

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UF/IFAS finding could help farmers stop potato, tomato disease

UF/IFAS finding could help farmers stop potato, tomato disease

Published: Jun 3rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world.