IFAS News

University of Florida

More Undersize Catches Can Survive With “Venting” Method

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Cindy Spence
Source(s):
John Stevely (941) 722-4524, ext. 239

SARASOTA—Imagine you’re the captain of a charter vessel taking a bunch of anglers to sea for a day of fishing. They catch a beautiful grouper, but it’s a few inches undersize, so you have to take the fish off the line and throw it back.

After all, it’s the law. Now imagine that the fish floats away on the waves, unable to descend to its normal depth, and is snapped up by a bird looking for dinner. (more …)

New UF Low-Power Radio Stations On I-75 And I-95 Warn Travellers About Zebra Mussels

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

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

GAINESVILLE—Fears that zebra mussels could become the next nuisance pest to invade Florida have prompted University of Florida officials to start broadcasting warnings to visitors about the meddlesome mollusks.

Two new low-power radio stations on Interstates 75 and 95 near the Georgia border now broadcast zebra mussel advisories, and a third station is planned for I-10 near the Alabama border. Signs give station frequencies and ask motorists to tune in. (more …)

Urban Farming Can Be Profitable, UF Researchers Say

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Richard Tyson, (407) 665-5554
Frank Chapman (352) 392-9617 ext. 247
John Jackson (352) 343-4101

SANFORD — There’s nothing fishy about the fish story; you can make a big catch financially raising tropical fish.

Learn how it’s done at a workshop on urban farming sponsored by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The workshop is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. March 6 at the Seminole County Extension Auditorium in Sanford. (more …)

Central Florida Fair Pledges $100,000 For UF/IFAS Scholarships

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Charlie Price, Central Florida (407) 295-3247
Melda Bassett, assistant vicep (352) 392-1975

ORLANDO — The Central Florida Fair has pledged $100,000 to support scholarships for students of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences from the six counties it serves.

Pending the availability of state funds, the gift will be eligible for an additional $50,000 in matching money. (more …)

Hydroponic Vegetable Production Shooting Up

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source:
Robert Hochmuth (904) 362-1725
George Hochmuth (352) 392-2134 ext. 208

LIVE OAK — The Florida vegetable industry is moving under cover.

Greenhouse production of vegetables is surging in the state, with the vast majority of growers using hydroponics, said Bob Hochmuth, a vegetable specialist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“Today’s discriminating consumers are demanding higher quality and more specialized vegetables, and the hydroponic growers are in a position to deliver them,” Hochmuth said. “What we’re seeing in Florida is part of an international trend.” (more …)

UF Scientist Seeks Super Sea Oats

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Michael Kane (352) 392-7937

GAINESVILLE–Gulf Coast sea oats are genetically different from sea oats on the Atlantic Coast, a University of Florida researcher has found.

The differences, says Michael Kane, may be the key to preserving Florida’s dune system — and keeping coastal residents safe — in the face of tropical storms and hurricanes. (more …)

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