Chilli thrips larva. Courtesy Sriyanka Lahiri, UF/IFAS.

UF Study Shows How Strawberry Growers Can Use Less Pesticide To Control Destructive Chilli Thrips

Florida strawberry growers can use less pesticide and save money as they try to control a mighty pest known as chilli thrips, University of Florida research shows. An invasive pest in the southeastern United States, chilli thrips was introduced to the United States from Southeast…

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Broccoli shipped in a box. Courtesy, Jeff Brecht, UF/IFAS.

UF Scientists Finding New Way To Keep Broccoli, And Perhaps Other Vegetables, Fresher Longer

When consumers go to the grocery store, they want their produce, including broccoli, to look, feel and taste fresh. This desire compels University of Florida scientist Tie Liu to study ways to keep vegetables fresh. In newly published research, Liu and his colleagues studied the…

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Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, seen in the field at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. UF/IFAS photography.

UF Scientist, Veteran Wins National Award For Program Connecting Military Personnel To Ag Careers

A veteran himself, University of Florida plant pathologist Gary Vallad wanted to give back to his comrades-in-arms. So, he and Simon Bollin started the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program (VFAP), which helps train veterans for jobs in that field. In 2017, Bollin, agribusiness development manager for…

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A mother and two daughters pick blueberries at a U-pick farm. By Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS photography.

This Mother’s Day, Consider Giving Mom The Experience Of UF/IFAS Extension

Pondering a gift for Mother’s Day? Does she enjoy nature or gardening? How about healthy lifestyles? Why not consider a unique experience gift this year?   Through Extension, UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) offers a wide array of programs, including demonstration gardens,…

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Jessica Chitwood-Brown, a UF/IFAS tomato breeder and an assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. “Courtesy, Alice Akers, UF/IFAS.”

Machine-Harvestable Tomatoes Available From UF/IFAS; Growers Hope Cultivars Can Help Lower Labor Cost

Ever since Florida farmers have been growing tomatoes, they’ve picked them by hand or hired laborers. It’s painstaking work that might be made easier soon with machine-harvestable tomatoes developed by University of Florida scientists. Now that the varieties are available, growers in Florida’s $400 million-a-year…

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Work being done on a farm. Courtesy, UF/IFAS photography

University Of Florida-Developed Web-Based Tool Will Help Growers Reduce Climate Variability Risks

A new University of Florida-developed web-based tool will help growers reduce risks that come with climate variability. It’s called the “climate indicators tool,” the newest addition to AgroClimate, a web-based platform designed 15 years ago by Clyde Fraisse, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological…

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