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University of Florida

UF Climate Change, Pest Control And Agriculture Conference Will Be Held In Gainesville On Thursday, Sept. 9

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 ext. 281

Source(s):
Andrew Schmitz (352) 392-1845 ext. 415
David Zilberman (510) 642-6570

GAINESVILLE—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner will be among a group of experts from across the nation scheduled to speak at the University of Florida Conference on Climate Change, Pest Control and Agriculture on Thursday, September 9, 1999 at the University Centre Hotel in Gainesville. Browner has been invited to speak at the noon luncheon.

Organized by the UF’s Department of Food and Resource Economics and sponsored by the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the University of California at Berkeley and EPA, the one-day conference is designed for congressional staffers and policymakers from various government agencies and agricultural commodity groups. (more …)

Coastal Clean-Up Efforts Take A Dive In Pensacola

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Susan Grantham (352) 392-2801

Source(s):
Sonya Wood Mahler (850) 475-5230
Denise Washick (727) 895-2188
Kristin Valette (800) 729-7234, ext. 439

PENSACOLA—As volunteers from around the state begin their annual coastal cleanup projects in September, University of Florida marine agents are taking the effort to the next level by removing underwater debris before it washes up on the shoreline.

“When it comes to stuff lurking below the surface of our coastal and inland waters, there are some amazing stories,” said event coordinator Sonya Wood Mahler, extension marine agent with UF’s Sea Grant program in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. “Since we started this project a few years ago, we’ve brought up everything from typewriters and tires to a 750-pound ball of fishing line wrapped around a shopping cart.” (more …)

UF Researcher: Phosphate Waste Product Makes A Good Fertilizer

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source:
Jack E. Rechcigl rechcigl@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 735-1314, ext. 209

ONA — Low-cost fertilizer could be the answer to dealing with the more than 1 billion tons of waste material accumulated by Florida’s phosphate mining industry, new research at the University of Florida shows.

“We think the best use of the material is to spread it out on pasture land in a very thin layer,” said Jack E. Rechcigl, a soil and water science professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “This is a natural material that came from the ground.” (more …)

Mosquitoes have discriminating tastes, UF researchers find

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Jerry Butler
Karen McKenzie (352) 392-1901 ext. 152

GAINESVILLE—If you think mosquitoes like you better than they like other people, you are probably right, say University of Florida researchers.

In a study to determine whether the tiny vampires choose their victims or feed indiscriminately, UF entomologist Jerry Butler and research assistant Karen McKenzie found that mosquitoes do, indeed, choose. (more …)

UF Experts Help Escambia Farmers Diversify Into Aquaculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Max Griggs (850) 475-5230
Ruth Francis-Floyd (352) 392-9617, ext. 229
Andy Lazur (850) 674-3184
Tom Simard (850) 327-6240

PENSACOLA—Already a booming industry in the Mississippi River Delta, aquaculture is making a big splash in Escambia County, where farm-raised catfish production has more than tripled in the last two years.

“In just five years, the industry in our county has gone from a couple of small start-ups to 35 producers on more than 600 acres of ponds, and there’s no end in sight,” said Max Griggs, a University of Florida aquaculture extension agent in Escambia County who helped those farmers get into the business. He expects production will top 700 acres by the end of the year. (more …)

Red Wine Can Help Maintain Immune System, UF Researcher Finds

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Susan Percival (352) 392-1991, ext. 217

GAINESVILLE—Unlike many other alcoholic beverages, red wine does not suppress the immune system, according to preliminary studies at the University of Florida.

While red wine has been reported to aid in the prevention of coronary heart disease and some cancers, no one has studied whether its alcohol content might offset any benefits, said food science and human nutrition researcher Susan Percival. (more …)

One Of The Youngest Students To Graduate From UF Saturday

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

GAINESVILLE — One of the youngest students ever to graduate from the University of Florida will join 1,301 other students during commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on campus.

Adam Sewell, 18, from Plano, Texas, will earn his bachelor of science degree in entomology from the UF’s College of Agriculture. He is one of 2,604 students eligible to receive a degree, according to the UF Office of the Registrar. (more …)

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