Strawberry consumers love the fruit’s sweet flavor, and University of Florida scientists are trying to meet that desire, while also helping growers produce high yields.

New Paper Shows UF Scientists See Bright Future As They Seek Savory Strawberries – And High Yield

Strawberry consumers love the fruit’s sweet flavor, and University of Florida scientists are trying to meet that desire, while also helping growers produce high yields. But genes and volatile compounds that control flavor are difficult to pinpoint, said Mark Porter, a Ph.D. student in the…

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The long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum is a keystone species. Coral reefs rely on healthy sea urchins to eat algae so coral can thrive. Healthy coral means healthy fish, and their positive impacts continue up the food chain.

Scientists Discover Cause Of Sea Urchin Die-Offs In The Caribbean: A Protozoan Parasite

The long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum is a keystone species. Coral reefs rely on healthy sea urchins to eat algae so coral can thrive. Healthy coral means healthy fish, and their positive impacts continue up the food chain. In early 2022, long-spined sea urchins in…

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UF-Led Research Gets Help From NFL Player, Air Force Veteran To Restock Sea Urchins On Coral Reef

On and off over the past four decades, scientists have tried a handful of times to restore sea urchins on coral reefs because they eat harmful algae that otherwise smother the ecosystems. Results of a new collaborative study show promise in urchin restocking strategies to…

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Blueberries on vines. Courtesy, UF/IFAS photography.

From U-Pick To The Grocery Store, Florida’s Blueberries Make For A Tasty Treat

As we enter the heart of Florida’s blueberry harvesting season, you can now enjoy the yummy fresh fruit during its finest hours, say University of Florida experts. For about 80 years, many Florida-grown blueberries have been developed through the UF/IFAS blueberry breeding program. The vast…

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2. Andrew Koeser, UF/IFAS associate professor of environmental horticulture and a co-author of the study, conducts urban tree research. Credit: Deb Hilbert.

University Of Florida Scientists Aim For More Tree Varieties To Ensure Urban Canopy Survives Pests, Diseases

If you plant a wider array of tree species in urban areas, you might avoid your forest being wiped out by a single pest or disease, say University of Florida scientists. “When cities are dominated by only a few species, new infestations of pests and…

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Florida’s Citrus Industry Still A Vital Economic Force In State

Despite challenges from diseases, land development trends, and extreme weather, Florida’s citrus industry contributed $6.935 billion to the state’s economy in 2020-21. A just-released report from University of Florida economists, “2020-2021 Economic Contributions of the Florida Citrus Industry,” estimated the economic contributions for the most…

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New User-Friendly Soil Test Kit To Improve Florida Landscapes

Florida homeowners, landscapers and municipalities now have an easy-to-use, research-based tool to improve growing conditions for lawns and landscapes. The new UF/IFAS-branded Soil Test Kit Powered by SoilKit®, the result of a University of Florida partnership with AgriTech Corp., puts UF/IFAS turfgrass science and tailored…

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UF/IFAS Invasive Species Council explains terms to know about native and nonnative species

UF/IFAS Invasive Species Council Explains Terms To Know About Native And Nonnative Species

Florida has a rich natural heritage with many unique plants and animals. Unfortunately, this has been disrupted by the introduction of many nonnative species that have become invasive. This has led to confusion and uncertainty as an array of terminology is often used to classify…

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University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence technology to quantify damage to fruits and vegetables caused by extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Ian.

UF Ag Engineer To Assess Crop Damage After Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Using AI

University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence technology to quantify damage to fruits and vegetables caused by extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Ian. When Ian struck on Sept. 28, it brought winds up to 155 mph and caused as much as $1.56 billion…

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