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Newswise: An Urbanized Florida Means More Stormwater Ponds, Invasive Plants

An Urbanized Florida Means More Stormwater Ponds, Invasive Plants

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In their first attempt to quantify stormwater ponds, researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found about 76,000 such ponds statewide. Many master-planned communities, especially in Florida, rely on stormwater ponds for flood control and water treatment. But the ponds also can be homes to many invasive plant species, which are costly to control.

Channels: Environmental Science, Food and Water Safety, Nature, Plants, Climate Science, All Journal News,

Released:
12-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
Newswise: Interest in UF/IFAS Hops Experiment Grows

Interest in UF/IFAS Hops Experiment Grows

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Tampa Bay microbreweries have a hankering for hops, and some see a University of Florida experimental farm as a source for the crop that will help quench their customers’ thirsts.

Channels: Agriculture, Alcohol and Alcoholism, All Journal News,

Released:
3-Dec-2019 11:30 AM EST
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Newswise: Late Florida Sea Grant Director’s Art to Support Students and Research

Late Florida Sea Grant Director’s Art to Support Students and Research

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Karl Havens was a leading international expert on aquatic research, management, education and outreach. Now, his art will support those who carry on his life’s work, with bidding underway for a selection of his original artwork. Funds raised will benefit the Karl Havens Excellence Endowment.

Channels: Agriculture, All Journal News, Arts and Entertainment, Education, In the Workplace,

Released:
2-Dec-2019 4:25 PM EST
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Newswise: UF Open House Invites Community to Engage with Science

UF Open House Invites Community to Engage with Science

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center is in the heart of the tropical and subtropical fruit and vegetable industries, and the ornamental plant industry. For 90 years it has served as an agricultural research unit of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). On December 4, an open house invites community and media to engage with the science.

Channels: Agriculture, All Journal News, Food Science, Plants,

Released:
21-Nov-2019 1:15 PM EST
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Breaking Down Biodegradable: UF Scientist Creates Guide to Bioplastics

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

“Bioplastics—a better option for the environment?” is a compilation of information about bioplastics. These alternative plastics have become more popular, and as it turns out, they’re effectively still the same as petroleum-based plastic, according to Dr. McGuire’s document.

Channels: All Journal News, Environmental Science, Green Tech, Nature, Agriculture, Plants,

Released:
21-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST
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Newswise: Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual savings.

Channels: Agriculture, All Journal News, Food and Water Safety, Food Science, Engineering,

Released:
19-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
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Newswise: Food Trends 2020: Meal Kits, Convenience Store Nutrition and Drinkable Collagen

Food Trends 2020: Meal Kits, Convenience Store Nutrition and Drinkable Collagen

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Most people think of collagen as a protein used for cosmetic purposes that you get in a jar, but prepare for drinkable collagen. If you think that’s interesting, try going online to order meal kits – full of just-the-right ingredients for the dishes you want to prepare. Those are a couple of the fearless forecasts from UF/IFAS faculty experts as they predict food trends for 2020 – a popular list now in its sixth straight year.

Channels: Agriculture, Alcohol and Alcoholism, All Journal News, Food Science, Health Food, Nutrition, Technology,

Released:
18-Nov-2019 4:30 PM EST
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Newswise: South Florida Community, UF/IFAS TREC Celebrate 90 Years of Milestones for Agricultural Sustainability

South Florida Community, UF/IFAS TREC Celebrate 90 Years of Milestones for Agricultural Sustainability

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center was established in the heart of Homestead, Florida, in 1929 to develop solutions for problems affecting a wide range of crops including mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, avocados, corn, green beans, and squash. TREC scientists, students, and staff have collaborated with farmers and growers to keep South Florida agriculture thriving. As one of the research arms of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), it is the only state-supported university facility in the entire mainland United States conducting research on a wide array of tropical and subtropical crops. UF/IFAS TREC’s core values have provided 90 years of progressive and innovative research and extension outreach on tropical and subtropical fruit crops, traditional and tropical vegetables, tropical ornamental crops, and more recently on agronomic crops and natural resources. The Center celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Channels: Agriculture,

Released:
13-Nov-2019 1:05 PM EST
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Florida Chapter of ISA Infuses UF/IFAS Arboriculture Research with $320K in Grants

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Scientists located in Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are conducting research into specific diseases depleting tree canopies throughout the state. The Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has announced it is awarding grants in the amount of $320,000 to two scientists for their continued research designed to save the tree canopy.

Channels: Agriculture, All Journal News, Plants,

Released:
12-Nov-2019 2:10 PM EST
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Newswise: A Cornucopia of Alternatives to Turkey at Thanksgiving

A Cornucopia of Alternatives to Turkey at Thanksgiving

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

It may be juicy, tender and traditional, but not everyone wants to eat turkey at Thanksgiving. UF/IFAS nutrition experts say you could eat any of the following as your entrée: protein-packed dishes – with or without meat -- plant-based foods and fish.

Channels: Health Food, Nutrition,

Released:
7-Nov-2019 8:05 AM EST
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