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University of Florida

UF keeps pace with industry in the science of growing grass

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Grady Miller (352) 392-7942

GAINESVILLE—Used to be, if you wanted to manage a golf course, all you needed to know was how high to mow and when to turn on the sprinklers.

Not anymore.

“The days of just mowing and whatever happens, happens are over,” said Grady Miller, a turfgrass researcher and faculty adviser for the University of Florida’s turfgrass science program. (more …)

The Pumpkin of the Tropics Likes Florida, Too, Research Shows

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Don Maynard (941) 751-7636

BRADENTON—The pumpkin pie of Thanksgiving future may come out of Don Maynard’s research laboratory.

The University of Florida researcher is working to develop a tropical pumpkin, or calabaza, that is easier to grow than traditional pie pumpkins. And as Maynard’s research progresses, Floridians soon may learn what pumpkin lovers in the tropics already know — calabaza tastes better. (more …)

UF Hydroponic Home Garden Helps Control Pests

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source:
Richard Tyson (407) 323-2500, ext. 5554

SANFORD — The Aztecs and Incas amazed the Spanish conquistadors with their floating gardens, and now 500 years later you can impress your friends and neighbors with yours. A University of Florida extension agent has developed a floating garden with material available at local building supply stores that costs about $40.

The hydroponic garden’s biggest advantage is that it cuts down on pests.”Without soil, you eliminate about half the problems that plague Florida gardens,” said Richard Tyson, Seminole County extension agent with UF’sInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

New Forest Owners Prefer Enjoying Their Land Over Working It

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source:
Michael Jacobson (352) 846-0883

GAINESVILLE: A dramatic shift in the demographics of Florida’s private forest landowners indicates the traditional farmer may be giving way to the more white-collar, absentee landowner, according to a recent University of Florida survey.

Furthermore, results suggest many of those landowners prefer to use the property for fun instead of farming. (more …)

Genetic Uniqueness Threatens Florida Manatee’s Future

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Brian Bowen (352) 392-9617
Angelica Garcia (352) 372-2571

GAINESVILLE — As Florida manatees lumber into warmer waters this month for their winter respite, they’re admired for their unique appearance and lovable charm. But it’s that very singularity that University of Florida scientists say could be leading the gentle sea cows down the path to extinction.

Genetic testing and DNA comparisons of manatees from eight regions along the Western Atlantic have revealed that the animals living in Florida waters share dangerously low genetic diversity, making them more susceptible to diseases and more sensitive to climate changes, said Brian Bowen, a conservation geneticist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

University Of Florida Cyberbugs Teach Students About Entomology

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
John Zenger

GAINESVILLE—If you think you’ve got bugs in your computer, try logging into the University of Florida’s 4-H Bug Club.

With a few keystrokes, bugs are virtually coming at you from the computer screen. Virtual is the key word here, because these are cyberbugs for a cyberclub.

Bugmaster John Zenger, a professor in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says kids, bugs and cyberspace make a good mix. (more …)

Florida Agricultural Leaders Elected To 1998-99 SHARE Council

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Debra Amirin

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

GAINESVILLE – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) celebrated 30 years of partnership with the private sector at the UF/IFAS Investors Recognition Weekend, October 9 and 10, 1998. More than 125 top UF/IFAS supporters attended the weekend, which featured social activities and informative programs By UF/IFAS administrators and faculty.A major order of business during the weekend was the election of SHARE Council members for 1998. SHARE Council members are elected leaders from Florida’s food and agricultural industries who assist with the fundraising program and help ensure the proper management and use of private funds. (more …)

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