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University of Florida

Bats Give Blood In The Name Of Good Health

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Dr. Darryl Heard (352) 392-4700

GAINESVILLE—Humans seem to think that blood and bats go hand in hand, and they do when it comes to University of Florida research.

But it’s the humans taking the blood from the bats.

It’s in the name of science, of course, and the fruit bats that offer awinged artery are helping their cousins, many of which are threatened or endangered, said UF researcher Darryl Heard, a specialist in wildlife and zoological medicine at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. (more …)

UF Biotech Breakthrough Drives World’s First Biomass-To-Ethanol Plant

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Lonnie Ingram (352) 392-5924
Clinton Norris (781) 461-5700
Bill Richardson (202) 586-6210

GAINESVILLE—A breakthrough biotech “bug” developed By a University of Florida scientist will help produce 20 million gallons of ethanol fuel annually at the world’s first commercial biomass-to-ethanol plant.

Ground breaking for the $90-million facility being built By BC International Corp. in Jennings, La., is set for Tuesday (10-20). The plant, expected to be operational in 18 months, will be the first to convert organic waste biomass into ethanol, a form of alcohol used as an industrial chemical and as a clean-burning fuel. (more …)

Small Farm Conference And Trade Show In Brooksville Oct. 24

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Wayne Odegaard (352) 754-4433

BROOKSVILLE—The Florida Small Farm Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville on Saturday, Oct. 24. Farmers throughout Florida are invited to attend the free program, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

Theme for the statewide event will be “Opportunities at Your Scale,”according to Wayne Odegaard, Hernando County Extension Director with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and conference coordinator. (more …)

Wine Made From UF Grape Wows Judges At International Competition

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Robert Bates (352) 392-1991 ext. 208
Dennis Gray (352) 360-6686
Jeanne Burgess (352) 394-8627

LEESBURG — It’s fruity, yet unassuming. Dry with a smooth and light texture. Very pleasant to the palate.

Blanc du Bois, an award-winning table wine, is knocking the socks off wine know-it-alls from California to France.

Oh yeah. And it’s made in Florida.

The white wine, made from a hybrid grape developed By a University of Florida grape breeder 30 years ago, was awarded a double gold medal at the recent Indy International Wine Competition in Indianapolis. (more …)

Discovery Of Invasive Zebra Mussel Prompts Warning From State Officials

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Marion Clarke (352)392-1837
Tom Quinn (850) 488-6253

GAINESVILLE — State officials made the first confirmed sighting of thenon-native zebra mussel, a meddlesome mollusk that a University of Florida scientist says can displace native aquatic life and cause billions of dollars of structural damage.

During a routine inspection of a bait-and-tackle shop in Eustis, officials discovered the mussels, believed to have been transported from Lake Champlain in New York. They confiscated and destroyed the mussels and expect no infestation from that source, said Marion Clarke, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

New Restaurant Food Safety Rules Require More Hand-washing

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Mark Tamplin (352) 392-2030
Debbie Williams (850) 488-9263

GAINESVILLE—Gloves are out and hand-washing is in at some Florida restaurants.

State food safety rules that went into effect earlier this year give restaurant operators the choice of allowing employees to handle ready-to-eat food with protective gloves or their bare hands. (more …)

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