GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At the end of any holiday movie, there’s always a home-and-hearth scene where family is gathered ´round, glasses are raised, lights twinkle and all is aglow.
Then there’s your family.
Arms folded, faces in permanent pout, the TV is blaring, and everyone silently wishing they were anywhere else.
For many, the holidays bring a lot of stress, particularly connected to extended visits with family. University of Florida expert Heidi Radunovich – an associate professor in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ family, youth and community sciences department and a licensed psychologist – has five quick tips for managing:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have gained new insight into produce-associated salmonella that they hope will eventually reduce the number and severity of the illness-causing outbreaks.
Tomato variety and weather can combine to make what the researchers call a “perfect storm” for salmonella to proliferate in harvested tomatoes, a new study shows.
It remains unclear how much each contributes to salmonella’s spread, but scientists say understanding the process is key to eventually curbing produce-associated outbreaks.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida researcher plans to use a $500,000 federal grant to study ways to make peanuts more drought tolerant.
Diane Rowland, an associate professor of agronomy and faculty member in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, won the four-year grant in November from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is exploring whether the latest plant, animal or human health threats will come from the sky.
Using the first ever high-altitude sampling device designed to collect microorganisms from the upper atmosphere, Andrew Schuerger, an aerobiologist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will examine the massive dust clouds that roll into Florida from Africa each year.
The maiden flight of the device, known as Dust at Altitude Recovery Technology or DART, was flown on an F-104 Starfighter jet Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Food safety is near the top of most Floridians’ concerns, behind only the economy and health care, a survey released today by the University of Florida shows.
The survey covered several food-related issues, including public perceptions about food safety, food insecurity and genetically modified foods. It also found knowledge gaps among Floridians, especially in the area of food safety, and detected conflicted feelings among the public about genetically modified foods. (more …)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida researchers will use $1.45 million in federal grants to develop trait-prediction models and accelerate the growth of loblolly pine trees to produce more bioenergy.
In his grant application, UF associate professor Matias Kirst, the principal investigator for the study, said Southern pines can be used as renewable biomass for bioenergy and renewable chemicals. However, for pines to meet their potential as a bioenergy crop, researchers must develop more productive cultivars that can be efficiently converted into liquid fuels, said Kirst, who teaches in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gregg Nuessly, a professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, has been named interim director of the center.
Nuessly has worked at the Everglades research center since 1989 and has served as associate center director for the past two years. The center is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
“As interim center director, I will work to broaden statewide cooperative efforts for research and extension while continuing the mission of the EREC and UF,” Nuessly said. “The strength of the EREC lies with the diverse faculty and staff collaborating in interdisciplinary research and extension to solve local and regional agricultural and wildlife issues. Our strong relationships with local growers and groups are also key to past and future successes for the EREC.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Teri C. Balser, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, this week was elected to the board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The board governs the 66-year-old scientific association, headquartered in Reston, Va.
“I’m pleased to have an opportunity for national service,” Balser said, noting that the organization and its publication, BioScience, are dedicated to promoting new ideas and also has a focus on education. “I’m committed to supporting biology education and creating leadership in it. I think we really need more space for innovation and education in the life sciences.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A multistate beef cattle Extension team that includes Cliff Lamb of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has garnered a national award for its efforts to help ranchers boost calving rates and strengthen U.S. beef production.
This week, the Beef Reproduction Task Force was named one of five programs chosen to receive a 2013 NIFA Partnership Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The award was formally presented at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting Nov. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.
Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, called the award a “well-deserved milestone” for the task force, which was launched in 1999 to help Extension personnel educate ranchers about the latest reproductive technologies and explain how those technologies might benefit their operations.
“Beef cattle production is a key agricultural industry for Florida and high calving rates are key to ranchers’ success,” Payne said. “We could not be more pleased that Dr. Lamb and his colleagues are being honored for their efforts to help ranchers succeed with one of the pivotal economic issues they face.”