GAINESVILLE—Tourist-dependent Florida could save precious natural resources and money, and attract consumers, by “greening” its hotel rooms, a study by University of Florida energy experts suggests.
By investing in minor improvements to the environmental aspects of a hotel room — its shower heads, air conditioning, lamps and even toilets — the average yearly utility costs would drop by about 45 percent, according to research by UF’s Energy Extension Service. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Close to 2,000 tiny transgenic predator mites that feed on agricultural pests were released at a secured area on the University of Florida campus Thursday, marking the first time a genetically altered arthropod has been field-tested.
Professor Marjorie Hoy, an eminent scholar in entomology and nematology, recently received federal, state and campus approval to release the small, flightless mites which are natural predators of the spider mite, a well-known pest of strawberries and ornamentals. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Educating the boaters on Florida’s crowded waterways will do more to preserve the fragile coastal ecosystem than regulating boaters, according to a study by a University of Florida researcher.
The study found boaters care about their environment and respond well to campaigns to educate them about sensitive seagrass beds and corals, said geography Professor Gustavo Antonini, a researcher with UF’s Sea Grant College and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
Florida could one day be the next best source for caviar. Scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say sturgeon, those prehistoric fish that once thrived in Florida’s waters and whose eggs are a delicacy, could also provide a school of opportunity for Florida’s beleaguered fishermen and aquaculture industry, hit hard in this winter’s cold snap. (more …)