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New System Could Help Control Fires In Florida Forests

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GAINESVILLE—Smokey the Bear is getting some high-tech help from University of Florida researchers in his quest to prevent forest fires.

UF researchers and Florida foresters are using three new technologically advanced systems — one recently declassified by the U.S. Department of Defense — to develop a system to help foresters decide how to control fires. (more …)

Barn Owls May Help Solve Everglades’ Rodent Problems

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BELLE GLADE—To help rid the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) of destructive rodents, researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are hoping to increase the number of barn owls in South Florida.

Rodent pests, primarily cotton rats and marsh rabbits, can cause up to $30 million in damage annually to the area’s 750,000 acres of sugarcane, rice and vegetable crops. In sugarcane fields, rodents cause a direct loss by devouring the millable portion of the plant, the stalk containing the desired sucrose. But indirect losses due to stand reductions and harvesting losses may be even more substantial, said Richard Raid, an associate professor of plant pathology at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. (more …)

State’s Youngest Master Gardener An Old Pro

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FLORAL CITY—John Andrew Korycki had a special gift in mind on his 11th birthday and let his grandmother know she could bypass the toy stores and sporting goods shops.

And when the big day arrived, John Andrew got his wish — a shiny, new rototiller. (more …)

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