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University of Florida

UF And Cuban Agricultural Economists Discuss Impact Of Lifting Trade Embargo

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Bill Messina messina@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1881 ext. 308

GAINESVILLE—Politics aside, Florida agriculture — especially sugar cane, vegetables and citrus — could face yet another serious challenge from abroad if or when the U.S. embargo against Cuba is lifted, say University of Florida agricultural economists who have been studying the issue for more than four years.

In fact, the long-term impact on Florida agriculture could be more significant than the 1995 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), said Bill Messina with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Electronic Nose Knows When Seafood Is Safe

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Murat Balaban (352) 392-4273
Diego Luzuri (352) 392-4239
Maurice Marshall (352) 392-1978 ext. 405

GAINESVILLE—To combat the rise in food-borne illnesses, University of Florida scientists are the first in the nation to begin testing highly accurate electronic noses that sniff out fishy seafood before it gets to the consumer.

“The electronic nose gives us nearly 100 percent accuracy and could be just what we need to help seafood inspectors handle their growing workload,” said Murat Balaban, a food processing engineer with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “It could be a major step forward in ensuring seafood quality if the federal government and the seafood industry accepts it. (more …)

Varroa Bee Mite, Now Resistant To Miticide, Again Threatens Honeybees

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Malcolm Sanford (352) 392-1801
Laurence Cutts (352) 372-3505
Ray Zerba (904) 284-6355

GAINESVILLE—Beekeepers in Florida are facing their once and future nemesis, the Varroa bee mite, but this time they are doing it without a weapon, say University of Florida and state honeybee specialists.

When the mite first threatened honeybees 10 years ago upon its arrival on U.S. shores, beekeepers could turn to a miticide formulated in a plastic strip called Apistan. They placed the strip in the hives and as bees brushed against it they received protection from the mite. (more …)

Langkamp-Henken Wins National Nutrition Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source:
Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, (352) 392-1991, ext. 205

GAINESVILLE – Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, assistant professor in the University of Florida’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, is the recipient of one of four 1998-99 Future Leader awards from the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute.

International Life Sciences Future Leader award winners are chosen primarily for their promise as leaders in the field of nutrition. Each award provides a grant of $15,000 per year for a period of two years. The awards allow researchers to conduct exploratory research that might not otherwise receive funding. (more …)

Batsons Support Students In Horticulture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Debra Amirin

Source:
Melda Bassett, Assistant VP fo (352) 392-1975

GAINESVILLE — The desire to help college students gain practical experience in the horticulture industry has led foliage growers Gene and Barbara Batson of Mount Dora to donate real estate valued at nearly $800,000 to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The gift will assist students interested in careers in the ornamental nursery business and provide support for the UF/IFAS horticulture gardens. (more …)

Seniors Engage The Outdoors And Explode Myths About Retirement At UF’s 4-H Camp Ocala Elderhostel Program

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source:
Jerry Culen, Fla. 4-H Youth Dev (352) 846-0996 ext. 250

GAINESVILLE — Audrey Heath owns her own kayak, walks four miles a day and can paddle a canoe for hours. An avid student of American birds, she hikes through scrub brush toting binoculars in pursuit of a rare avian find.

Who is she, America’s next athletic icon? Nope. She’s part of a new generation of American retirees who are embracing life on the wild side. (more …)

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