Julia Graddy 352-392-2411
GAINESVILLE—Savor the joy of picking home-grown vegetables and herbs no matter where you live in Florida, or how much growing space you have. It’s easy when you follow the advice found in Vegetable Gardening in Florida, a new book written by Jim Stephens, professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). (more …)
John Reynolds (352) 392-1845, ext. 412
GAINESVILLE—Natives grumble about it all the time — the rate at which Florida land, seemingly overnight, is transformed from pasture to pavement, hammock to highway, scrubland to skyscraper.
But how fast is it really happening? And what does the future hold? (more …)
MIAMI—People who feed brown pelicans chunks of fish left over from a day of fishing are unwittingly contributing to a painful death for the birds, a University of Florida scientist says.
So UF and the Florida Sea Grant program are launching an educational campaign to let fishermen know they are hurting — not helping — the protected species, says Harrison Bresee, a marine agent based in the Miami-Dade County extension office, a part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
Julia Graddy (352) 392-2411
GAINESVILLE — The new Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide, published for Florida’s citrus industry, wheels the commercial citrus grower to a better understanding of the major characteristics of 11 established rootstocks and eight new rootstocks. The guide is now available from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Two laminated disks, attached with a grommet, display tolerance to environmental and soil conditions; pests and diseases; and horticultural traits such as yield, juice quality and fruit size. The small upper disk shows the rootstock’s characteristics, with a legend for the rating symbols. Additional notes on the back define terms and provide additional comments. (more …)
Julia Graddy (352) 392-2411
GAINESVILLE —No matter where you live in Florida, your landscape can feature shrubs that are easy to grow and maintain. That’s the message of Your Florida Guide to Shrubs: Selection, Establishment and Maintenance, newly released title co-published from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the University Press of Florida.
Written for everyone from the homeowner with limited gardening skills to the landscape professional or property manager, this book guides the reader through the practical steps involved in selecting and maintaining healthy and Florida-appropriate shrubs for all landscape uses. (more …)
Joe Noling (941) 956-1151
John Van Sickle (352) 392-1826 ext. 221
Michael Stuart (407) 894-1351
Jessica Vallette (202) 783-7400
GAINESVILLE—Methyl bromide, a soil fumigant used to control soilborne pests, is the single most important pest management tool used to produce high-value crops in Florida today, but it’s blamed for contributing to the depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer.
A recent delay in the 2001 ban on this pesticide until 2005 is giving University of Florida researchers more time to develop effective alternatives. (more …)
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Don Poucher (352) 392-0437
SAFETY HARBOR—University of Florida President John Lombardi will deliver the keynote address, Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida FIRST strategic planning conference at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on Tampa Bay. The two-day conference begins on at 9 a.m. on May 20 and concludes at 12 noon on May 21.
Hosted by the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the conference will include talks by John Bryne, emeritus president of Oregon State University, who will discuss the future of land-grant universities, and Martha Roberts, deputy commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who will describe agriculture’s role in the state’s economy. Bryne will speak at 9:15 a.m. on May 20, and Roberts will speak at a noon luncheon. (more …)
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Pierce Jones (352) 392-7854
GAINESVILLE—After studying two homes that appear virtually identical, University of Florida energy specialists found that energy-saving measures built into one home meant drastic reductions in monthly utility costs. “Homes that meet federal Energy Star standards don’t look any different than other homes, but they can save anywhere from $50 to $200 per month on utility bills,” said Pierce Jones, assistant director of UF’s Energy Extension Service.”More than 150 Energy Star homes have been built in Florida since 1997, and we’re now seeing long-term energy data. In some cases, the results are even better than we hoped.” (more …)
Wayne Smith (352) 846-0850
GAINESVILLE—U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will discuss wildland fire policy on April 20 at the University of Florida’s annual John Gray Distinguished Lecture Series.
The lecture at 9:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel (formerly the Radisson) also keynotes the annual Spring Symposium “Fire: Friend and Foe,” which is jointly sponsored by the Florida Society of American Foresters and the UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The lecture is free and open to the public. (more …)