Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 ext. 281
Jerry Butler (352) 392-1901 ext. 152
Marcia Mulkey (703) 305-7090 or 305-5019
GAINESVILLE—After 15 years of tests on more than 3,900 compounds, a University of Florida researcher has developed a safe, natural insect repellent that protects people against everything from mosquitoes and ticks to tiny “no-see-ums.”
“It’s the first effective alternative to products containing DEET, the most widely used active ingredient in insect repellents now on the market,” said Jerry Butler, entomologist with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “After relying on DEET-based products for more than 40 years, this is a breakthrough that should revolutionize the market.” (more …)
Glenn Hall (352) 392-1901 Ext. 149
Lawrence Cutts (352) 372-3505
GAINESVILLE — Florida agriculture officials are on alert with traps and bait after confirming the first colonies of African honey bees — commonly known as “killer bees” — at the port of Jacksonville.
The most recent colony was found last week, and two others were found in April. All the bees were killed and taken to the University of Florida for identification. (more …)
Carol Lehtola (352) 392-8064
Anne DeLotto Baier, University (813) 974-3300
GAINESVILLE Florida agriculture is dangerous, but buckling up and retrofitting older tractors with roll bars can go a long way toward making it safer.
That’s the conclusion of safety experts at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida involved in a new study of deaths on Florida’s farms and ranches over 10 years. (more …)
Farol Tomson (352) 392-9917
Thomas Lane (352) 392-4700 ext. 4024Carol Lehtola (352) 392-8064Sebastian Heath (765) 496-3102
GAINESVILLE Two University of Florida veterinarians who rescued homeless and injured horses in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew say the disaster taught them valuable lessons for emergency preparedness.
“Horse owners and public officials had their blinders on when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida,” said UF veterinarian Farol Tomson. “Before Andrew, little had been done to prepare for handling horses in hurricanes and other disasters — planning can make a big difference.” (more …)
Frank Chapman (352) 392-9617
Jim Cato (352) 392-5870
GAINESVILLE — As more people are turning to fish for a health-conscious food staple, aquaculture could stave off the threat of fished-out oceans in the next 40 years, say University of Florida researchers.
The consumer market for seafood is skyrocketing. With global waters already being harvested to capacity, meeting the demand for food fish will become an increasing challenge. (more …)
Don Maynard (941) 751-7636
BRADENTON—Champion watermelon-seed spitters may revile University of Florida researcher Don Maynard, but consumers whose only interest in watermelon is culinary will cheer him.
Maynard, you see, is working on perfecting the seedless watermelon. (more …)
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Jose Alvarez (561) 996-3062 ext. 142
Bill Messina (352) 392-1881 ext. 308
Dov Borovsky (561) 778-7200
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Eight faculty and staff members from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received 1998 Honor Awards from the United States Department of Agriculture during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Wednesday (6-9-99).
The Honor Awards, the federal agency’s highest recognition for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the consumer, were presented to UF/IFAS faculty by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and broadcast live via satellite at 1 p.m. (more …)
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Calvin Arnold (561) 468-3922 ext. 112
FORT PIERCE—University of Florida President John Lombardi will host groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday, June 15, for a new $3.7 million classroom and teaching laboratory addition to the UF’s Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce. Other officials participating in the ceremonies, which begin at 10:30 a.m., include Michael Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources; Jimmy Cheek, dean of the UF’s College of Agriculture; State Rep. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie; State Rep. O.R. “Rick” Minton, Jr., D-Fort Pierce; Dan Richey, president of the Indian River Citrus League in Vero Beach; David Neill, vice president of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange in Orlando; Ed Hayslip, member of the Florida Nurseryman and Growers Association; and Calvin Arnold, director of the IRREC. (more …)
Roger Nordstedt (352) 392-7786
Mary Sowerby (813) 744-5519
GAINESVILLE — An environmentally friendly solution to farm runoff could help dairymen survive in an increasingly urban and regulation-filled world, say University of Florida researchers.
Currently undergoing a trial run on a small farm in the Hillsborough County community of Temple Terrace, the artificial wetland showcases a relatively low-cost, effective way to treat runoff at a time of tightening environmental regulations for dairy farms in urban areas, said Roger Nordstedt, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. (more …)