Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes.

Strawberry Growers Globally Could Benefit From UF/IFAS Research Into Dangerous Disease

Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes. The key: combine genomic data with phenomics. The genome amounts to all the DNA in an organism. Phenomics is the study…

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close-up of blackberries and other types of berries from the same orchard at GCREC. “courtesy, Zhanao Deng, UF/IFAS.”

Tour A Florida Orchard As Part Of Inaugural UF/IFAS Blackberry Growing Conference May 25

Several years ago, farmers asked University of Florida scientists to help them produce blackberries as part of an effort to test whether so-called “alternative” crops could grow in the Sunshine State. For alternative crops, think hops, blackberries, pomegranates, and others. Researchers aim to supplement producers…

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Florida Say “Happy Mother’s Day” With A Plant – Maybe Even One Bred By UF/IFAS

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, you can make mom feel special in any number of ways: Some of your options include fixing her breakfast, taking her out for dinner, and/or buying her flowers or a plant. Mother’s Day is May 8, and flora make for…

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Through a first-of-its kind survey, UF/IFAS has shown that tropical fish farmers bring over $172 million in sales to Florida’s economy.

UF Survey: Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Bring State $175 Million In Sales

Through a first-of-its-kind survey, UF/IFAS has shown that tropical fish farmers bring over $172 million in sales to Florida’s economy. The $172 million reflects the sales of fish by members of the Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Association (FTFFA) in 2021. That includes direct sales to…

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Consumers want to buy plants that enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with fauna in their landscapes, preliminary University of Florida research shows. To help meet consumer demand, UF/IFAS researchers want to assure consumers that those plants are “certifiably” wildlife friendly.

University Of Florida Research Verifies Consumers Want Wildlife-Friendly Plants

Consumers want to buy plants that enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with fauna in their landscapes, preliminary University of Florida research shows. To help meet consumer demand, UF/IFAS researchers want to assure consumers that those plants are “certifiably” wildlife friendly. At the annual Urban Landscape…

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Stormwater ponds are built to prevent soil erosion and flooding. They’re also considered a Best Management Practice, or BMP, to reduce pollutants from flowing into natural water bodies. They’re good at the former and not as good as they could be at the latter.

University Of Florida Study: Stormwater Ponds Do Little To Prevent Pollution In Nearby Lakes, Ponds

For years, scientists questioned the ability of stormwater ponds to keep nutrients out of lakes and rivers. Turns out, they were right to be suspicious, new University of Florida research shows. Stormwater ponds are built to prevent soil erosion and flooding. They’re also considered a…

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March brings the start of Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season. The state’s blueberry industry has grown rapidly in the past 20 years.

Florida Blueberry Season: Top-Notch Fruit, Tools, And Knowledge From UF/IFAS Research

March brings the start of Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season. The state’s blueberry industry has grown rapidly in the past 20 years. Today, Florida farmers grow more than 5,200 acres of blueberries, producing about 20 million pounds. Dating back to the 1950s, with…

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University of Florida soil microbiologist Sarah Strauss has received an $850,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study how fumigation impacts the soil microbiome. Armed with such data, farmers can manage soil health more efficiently.

University Of Florida Scientists Receive Grant To Study Fumigation Impacts On Soil Health

Soil health is an important aspect to strawberry and tomato production. Farmers often apply a type of pesticide called fumigants to the soil months before planting to manage soil health. Fumigants reduce harmful diseases such as Fusarium wilt, pests such as root-knot nematodes, and weeds…

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You can scarcely find a tasty, heirloom tomato in the grocery store. But University of Florida scientists helped discover a way to enhance tomato smell and taste. Breeding efforts over the last half-century have emphasized traits that are important to producers – yield, disease resistance, appearance, and post-harvest shelf life among them.

An Aromatic Tomato Could Be Looming – A La Heirloom Varieties, Say UF Scientists

You can scarcely find a tasty, heirloom tomato in the grocery store. But University of Florida scientists helped discover a way to enhance tomato smell and taste. Breeding efforts over the last half-century have emphasized traits that are important to producers – yield, disease resistance,…

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