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University of Florida

UF Survey: Value Of Citrus Groves Down, Land Near Cities Up

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
John Reynolds (352) 392-1845 ext. 412
Mark Brown (352) 392-1874 ext. 501

GAINESVILLE — The value of Florida’s citrus groves is plummeting because of a glut of fruit, while urbanization is rapidly pushing up the value of agricultural land near cities, a University of Florida survey shows.

Grapefruit groves are hardest hit. Since a peak in 1990, the value of grapefruit groves has dropped 75 percent in the 14 counties in the south region and gone down 67 percent in the 14 counties in the central region, the 1998 Florida Land Market Report shows. This includes the past year’s decline of 25 percent in the south region and 21 percent in the central region. (more …)

UF/IFAS College Of Agriculture Dean Announces Plans To Retire

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Don Poucher (352) 392-0437

GAINESVILLE—Larry J. Connor, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture, announced Wednesday (8/12) that he plans to retire by the first of the year.

During Connor’s 7 1/2-year tenure, dramatic changes have occurred at the college, a part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Using New Technology To Speed Contamination Cleanup

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Suresh Rao (352) 392-7622 or 392-1951
Mike Annable (352) 392-3294

GAINESVILLE — University of Florida researchers are using a new technology that could reduce the cleanup time of some stubborn hazardous waste sites from years to days.

“We are developing and testing faster, cheaper and better cleanup technologies compared to today’s common technologies,” said Suresh Rao, a graduate research professor in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and director of the university’s Center for Natural ReSources. (more …)

UF Research Shows Zinc Triggers Body’s Defenses

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Robert Cousins (352) 392-2133

GAINESVILLE — Summer cold sufferers take heart: A new University of Florida study offers new evidence that zinc — the latest rage in cold remedies — may provide immediate protection against disease.

“We were startled that the response in people was so dramatic and so rapid,” said Robert J. Cousins, the Boston Family professor of human nutrition with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “It was amazing that the levels of the genetic material we were studying went up after only one day on zinc supplements. (more …)

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