drone (in focus) at GCREC, with Dana Choi, left, and Kevin Wang in the background. Choi and Wang are both UF/IFAS assistant professors of agriculture and biological engineering at GCREC – and they’re both new faculty hires in AI.

AI Center Coming To Gulf Coast Research And Education Center; Will Provide Boost For Agriculture

Agriculture is an integral part of Florida’s economy, directly contributing over $10 billion in sales revenues annually and supporting over 133,000 jobs. But farmers face numerous challenges: pests, diseases, labor, rising costs and more. To protect crop yields and the environment, the University of Florida…

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Americans’ love affair with sugar can be a deadly attraction that sometimes leads to major health problems, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

UF Researchers Find New Sugar Substitutes In Citrus That Could Change Food, Beverage Industry

LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Americans’ love affair with sugar can be a deadly attraction that sometimes leads to major health problems, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. Finding natural, non-caloric sugar substitutes is desirable but challenging. However, researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food…

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A new University of Florida study has found that local residential fertilizer ordinances help improve water quality in nearby lakes, but the timing of fertilizer restrictions influences how effective they are.

University Of Florida Study Shows Fertilizer Ordinances Improve Water Quality, But Timing Matters

A new University of Florida study has found that local residential fertilizer ordinances help improve water quality in nearby lakes, but the timing of fertilizer restrictions influences how effective they are. Using 30 years of water quality data gathered by the UF/IFAS LAKEWATCH program from…

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Parasitic nematodes are responsible for about $125 billion in annual crop loss worldwide, and they can cause farmers to lose up to 80% of their tomato yield.

UF-Led Research To Help Cope With Parasitic Nematodes, Which Cause $125B In Crop Losses Worldwide

Parasitic nematodes are responsible for about $125 billion in annual crop loss worldwide, and they can cause farmers to lose up to 80% of their tomato yield. “The situation with nematodes is exacerbated by an emerging concern in agriculture: the effect of warming nighttime temperatures.…

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Coral reef ecosystems are severely threatened by pollution, disease, overharvesting and other factors. For thousands of years, long-spined sea urchins helped keep reefs intact.

University Of Florida Research Shows A Step Toward Restoring Sea Urchins: ‘The Lawnmowers Of Reefs’

Coral reef ecosystems are severely threatened by pollution, disease, overharvesting and other factors. For thousands of years, long-spined sea urchins helped keep reefs intact. They eat seaweed, which can kill or seriously damage coral. Without coral, reefs suffer severe consequences, including diminished ability to support…

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