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UF Biotech Breakthrough: Alga Gene Boosts Crop Yields

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Robert Schmidt (352) 392-0237

GAINESVILLE—Tiny alga plants — which form green scum on ponds — are the source of a unique gene that can be transferred to crop plants, boosting yields by as much as 30 percent, according to University of Florida researchers.”It’s another big step forward in the green revolution for more efficient and abundant agricultural production to feed a hungry world,” said Robert Schmidt, plant molecular biologist with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, who isolated the gene from a common pond alga. (more …)

UF/IFAS Gets $1 Million Holiday Gift

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Melda Bassett, assistant vice (352) 392-1975

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received a holiday gift worth $1 million.

Dempsey Sapp Sr. and his wife, Margie B. Sapp, of Lake Butler made the gift to create UF/IFAS’ first Endowed Distinguished Professorship. It will be named “The Margie B. and Dempsey R. Sapp Sr. Distinguished Professorship” in honor of the donors. (more …)

UF Weather Network Helps Citrus, Vegetables Survive Cold

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source:
John Jackson (352) 343-4101

TAVARES — Most Florida citrus, strawberry and vegetable growers survived the past week’s chill unscathed with the help of a University of Florida weather service.

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), developed last year to help farmers around the state get a better handle on freezes and other weather trouble, turned in a stellar performance in its first real test. (more …)

Jimmy Cheek Named Dean Of UF College Of Agriculture

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

Gainesville — Jimmy Cheek, formerly assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Agriculture, was today (Jan. 13) named dean of the college and dean of academic programs for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), effective Feb. 1. Cheek’s selection was announced by UF President John Lombardi and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Michael V. Martin. (more …)

“FLorida First” Strategic Planning Process And Conference Announced By UF/IFAS Vice President Michael Martin

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Don Poucher (352) 392-0437

GAINESVILLE —Florida FIRST, a new statewide strategic planning process for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS), was announced today (Jan. 7, 1999) by Michael Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“Florida FIRST — short for Focusing IFAS Resources on Solutions for Tomorrow — will include all aspects of our statewide teaching, research and extension programs, with special emphasis on research and extension,” Martin said. (more …)

UF Develops Test To Pinpoint Causes Of Water Pollution

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source:
Mark Tamplin (352) 392-2030

GAINESVILLE — University of Florida researchers have developed new tests to determine causes of pollution in lakes, streams, bays and underground water supplies.

Inexpensive and highly reliable, the tests combine DNA fingerprinting techniques like those used in criminal investigations with tests for antibiotic resistance. (more …)

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