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Poinsettias Are Getting Better, More Colorful, All The Time

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source: Jim Barrett (352) 392-7931

GAINESVILLE—When it comes to poinsettias, red can’t be beat, University of Florida poinsettia researchers say.

And the names with which poinsettias are christened show the plant’s true holiday spirit: Jingle Bells, Nutcracker, Candy Cane, Jolly Red.

But consumers’ love of red makes the flower industry see green. About $250 million a year worth of green to be exact. (more …)

Still Time To Register For Food And Environment Internet Course

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source:
Mickie Swisher (352) 392-1869

GAINESVILLE – There is still time to register for the University of Florida’s &quotFood and the Environment” Internet course being offered this spring. But the Dec. 24 deadline is rapidly approaching.

&quotFood and the Environment” is open to graduate and upper-class students. The course is designed for working teachers in both formal and nonformal educational settings. It examines the scientific merit of the various arguments about the impact of food production and consumption on the environment. (more …)

A Weed Is a Weed Is a Weed, Unless It’s Mistletoe, UF Professor Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Robert Black (352) 392-1835

GAINESVILLE—Before you enlist the help of mistletoe to land some smooches this holiday season, there’s something University of Florida horticulturist Robert Black wants you to know.

Mistletoe is a weed.

Yes, folks, the sort of thing no self-respecting gardener would let into his home. (more …)

UF Researcher Designs Pill To Control Mosquitoes

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Dov Borovsky (561) 778-7200

VERO BEACH—Dov Borovsky wants to put mosquitoes on a diet.

Under the Borovsky three-day diet plan, legions of anorexic little buzzers would just starve to death. And that’s exactly the idea.

The University of Florida scientist says a mosquito “diet pill” he has perfected alters mosquito digestion, making it impossible for them to feed, lay eggs or survive. (more …)

UF/IFAS Offers Distance Education Wildlife Course

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source:
Michael Moulton (352) 846-0571

GAINESVILLE – “Ecology and Management of Wildlife Invasions” will be offered as a distance education course this spring by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The course will focus on introduced and invasive wildlife species and their effects at the community and ecosystem levels. Topics covered include traits of invasive and introduced species, environmental characteristics that promote invasions, use of introductions as a management strategy in conservation, as well as analyses of selected case studies. (more …)

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