University of Florida

DNA Techniques Allow Scientists To Become Pollution Detectives

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GAINESVILLE—Just when you thought you’d heard enough about DNA testing from the so-called “Trial of the Century,” University of Florida researchers are using the same science to police polluters.

With the oft-mentioned DNA “fingerprint” test, scientists at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are able to accurately point the finger at who is polluting water bodies by isolating E. coli bacteria in water samples and testing it for resistance to antibiotics and by testing its DNA. (more …)

UF Economist Optimistic U.S. Growers Will Get NAFTA Relief

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GAINESVILLE—A University of Florida commodities expert says he’s optimistic the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will give relief to the nation’s vegetable growers, hit hard the past two years by surging imports of tomatoes and peppers from Mexico.

Professor John Van Sickle, a food and resource economist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said his research also counters opposition claims that bad weather and inferior products are to blame for growers’ troubles. (more …)

UF/IFAS, FAMU To Teach Environmental Education Course Online

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GAINESVILLE—Secondary school teachers and others interested in environmental education can use their home or work computers to earn college credit this fall.

An innovative three-hour course, Food and the Environment, will be taught online via the Internet. It is sponsored by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University. (more …)

UF Scientists Receive Top USDA Awards For Research

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Three University of Florida professors, Lynn Bailey, Jess Gregory and Nan-Yao Su, will receive 1996 Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture during ceremonies in Washington, D.C. today. (6-5-96)

The awards, which are the agency’s highest recognition for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the consumer, will be presented to the UF faculty by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and broadcast live via satellite to staff nationwide at 1:00 p.m. (more …)

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