The starry dwarf frog is an expert hider. Plunging into leaf litter at the slightest disturbance, it has successfully evaded attention for millions of years – until now.
University of Florida scientists have sequenced the genome of Vanilla, which will help them select the best types for breeding new varieties of the popular plant to grow in Florida.
Steven Manchester didn’t set out to discover Central America’s oldest known marine mammal. He was hoping to find fossil plants. An “emergency fossil excavation” due to rising water levels yielded a remarkably complete skeleton of an ancient sea cow.
A new study shows that the built-in alert system that enables land plants to sense and respond to drought has an unlikely origin: their aquatic algal ancestors.
Now, two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professors say robots and information technology will rule the roost on farms in the coming years.
Michael Perfit is one of the few who study volcanoes on mid-ocean ridges. The UF distinguished professor of geology has spent nearly 10 days on the bottom of the ocean as an aquanaut.