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UF Experts Say Fear Unwarranted, But Treat Malathion With Respect

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Joseph Knapp (941) 956-1151
John Capinera (352)392-1901, ext. 111
Norm Nesheim (352) 392-4721

GAINESVILLE—Is the pesticide malathion dangerous or safe?

The way malathion is being used in Hillsborough, Polk and Manatee counties to fight an outbreak of the Mediterranean fruit fly is safe, say scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. On the other hand, guzzling a juice glass of it is not so safe. (more …)

New Software Protects Florida Drinking Water

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source:
Cornelis G. Hoogeweg, Arthur H (352) 392-1951

GAINESVILLE-A new computer software program, developed by a University of Florida graduate student from the Netherlands, will help protect Florida’s drinking water from pesticide contamination. With minor tweaking, it could have worldwide application.

More than 80 percent of Florida’s drinking water comes from underground sources, says Cornelis G. Hoogeweg, soil and water science graduate research assistant with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. But pesticides and other chemicals used in the production of Florida agricultural crops could contaminate groundwater supplies. In fact, several pesticides have already been detected in ground and surface waters. (more …)

“Breakthrough” Research On Ocean Algae Could Lead To Freeze And Drought Resistant Crops, Says UF/IFAS Scientist

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source:
Andrew Hanson (352) 392-1928 ext. 334

GAINESVILLE—A University of Florida professor reports finding “the missing link” in how tiny ocean algae produce a chemical substance that influences cloud formation in the atmosphere. The breakthrough research could help explain global climate changes and make it possible to develop agricultural crops that resist freeze, drought and salt water damage. (more …)

North Dakota Extension Turns To UF Psychologists For Support

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Garret Evans (352) 392-1868
Sam Sears (352) 395-0680, ext. 54382

GAINESVILLE—Extension agents in North Dakota — long trusted advisers for crop, business and home advice — now find flood victims turning to them for help with the stress of recovery.

So the agents have turned to a team of University of Florida psychologists for advice. (more …)

North Florida Pine Woods Fall Victim To Southern Pine Beetle

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
John Foltz (352) 392-1901, ext. 130
James Meeker (352) 372-3505

GAINESVILLE—A tree-killing beetle has invaded the Ocala National Forest and by the time its work is done the face of the forest could be drastically changed, say entomologists with the University of Florida and the state Division of Forestry.

Other North Florida private and public woodlands are infested, too. The southern pine beetle has reached outbreak proportions along the Gulf Coast in Levy County, leaving foresters worried about where it might turn up next. (more …)

UF/IFAS Faculty Receive Three Top USDA Awards

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A team of scientists and two faculty members from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will receive 1996 Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture during ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on June 11.

The Honor Awards, which are the federal agency’s highest recognition for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the consumer, will be presented to the UF/IFAS faculty by U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Dan Glickman and broadcast live via satellite at l:00 p.m. (more …)

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