GAINESVILLE—They produce mountains of manure and stinky, ozone- depleting (some scientists contend), methane gas. They also supply the nation with sweet, fresh milk. It’s a real public relations quandary for the nation’s dairy cattle.
But a survey of the state’s dairy industry conducted by University of Florida scientists brings “moo-ving” news for the bucolic bovines, often condemned as environmental criminals. Cattle are also major-league recyclers who eat about 600,000 cubic yards of by-products that otherwise would end up as waste in a landfill. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—For all you Halloween skeptics, Jim Stephens has this to report: The Great Pumpkin is real.
How does he know? Stephens, a University of Florida vegetable crops specialist, is the keeper of the state’s official list of biggest vegetables, and the only one who can proclaim a Florida veggie a champion. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—A velvety, short-growing turfgrass specimen collected on a municipal golf course in Hawaii and developed at a University of Florida laboratory may bring hole-in-one success to the nation’s golf courses.
The Bermuda grass, named FloraDwarf for its height, is the first variety of turfgrass from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to receive a patent. Used primarily for putting greens, FloraDwarf shows so much promise that one professional golfer joined forces with UF scientists to grow it on his sod farm and plant it on a golf course he helped design. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The John Gray Fund for Excellence is sponsoring a distinguished lecture series in forest resources and conservation. Professor William R. Bentley, a senior research scholar at Yale University and president of Salmon Brook Associates in Granby, Conn., will present the university-wide lecture on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Room 282 of the J. Wayne Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus. His topic is: The Seventh American Forest Congress and its Next Steps – Evidence of a Paradigm Shift? (more …)