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University of Florida

UF Researcher’s Innovative Fence Helps Control Sand Flies

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Jonathan Day (561) 778-7200

BOYNTON BEACH—When the children at St. Mark Catholic School hit the playground, the biting sand flies in the mangrove marsh next door start smacking their little bloodsucking lips.

Like all their biting kin — mosquitoes, deer flies, horseflies and black flies — sand flies use carbon dioxide to locate a host. So the huffing, puffing children on the playground present a smorgasbord, said University of Florida researcher Jonathan Day. (more …)

UF/IFAS Faculty Receive Three Top USDA Awards For Research And Education Programs

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Linda Cook (352) 392-209
Wayne Sherman (352) 392-4711 ext. 306
John Van Sickle (352) 392-1826 ext. 221

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three faculty members from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will receive 1998 Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., today (6-10-98).

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

Landscaping’s Effect On Home Values Varies, UF Study Shows

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Bob Degner cje@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1871

GAINESVILLE — Redoing your landscape? Better do it for your own pleasure because you can’t count on how much your investment will pay off.

That’s the conclusion of a University of Florida researcher who conducted the first-ever scientific study of the value of upgrading landscaping around single-family homes. Variables such as lot size, plant type, plant spacing and overall design all played roles in how much money homeowners could expect to get back come resale time. (more …)

Gift Supports Ag Law Center

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Debra Amirin

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

GAINESVILLE – A premier Florida agricultural family has made a $500,000 gift to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, half of which will benefit the UF/IFAS Agricultural Law Center. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the gift in grateful recognition of the significant role UF/IFAS research and education has played in enabling Florida to become one the nation’s top agricultural producers. The gift was made in the form of a irrevocable trust, and will provide benefits to the donor before one day benefitting UF/IFAS. (more …)

New UF Degree Program Starts August 24 In Ft. Pierce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Milton Tignor (561) 468-3922

FORT PIERCE—Gator Country has expanded south with university courses slated to begin August 24 in Fort Pierce for students seeking a University of Florida agricultural degree.

The new teaching program at UF’s Indian River Research and Education Center in partnership with Florida Atlantic University and community colleges throughout the state will allow students to earn a bachelor of science (BS) degree in horticulture or agribusiness management without leaving the Treasure Coast. (more …)

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