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New Poinsettia Varieties Have Names That Sound Just Delicious

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
James Barrett jbarrett@ufl.edu, (352) 392-7931

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GAINESVILLE — Some new treats are available for the holidays, but don’t look for them in the candy aisle or bakery – – try the florist instead.

These indulgences are eye candy, with names like Christmas Cookie, Santa Claus Candy, Peppermint, Champagne and Plum Pudding. The food-themed names belong to several new varieties of poinsettia developed this year. (more …)

Fountain May To Be Honored At Special North Florida Research And Education Center Event

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Source(s):
George Hochmuth gjh@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7100
Don Poucher info@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437

QUINCY, Fla.—A new 28,000 square-foot building under construction at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy has been named in honor of Fountain H. May, Sr., an agricultural leader who has helped introduce Florida nursery products to markets around the world.

May was recognized Dec. 12 at a special “site designation event” at the center, which is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Licenses New Mole Cricket Control To Biotech Firm

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Grover Smart gcs@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901, ext. 118
Martin Adjei mba@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (863) 735-1314
Graeme Gowling graeme.microbio@dial.pipex.com, 44 (0) 1223 830860
Herb Harbin (407) 288-2034

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A tiny parasite imported from South America by University of Florida researchers will soon be available commercially to end a 30-year battle with mole crickets, one of the most troublesome agricultural pests in the Southeast.

Field tests show that the parasite — a worm-like organism known as the mole cricket nematode — will survive in the region’s climate and kill mole crickets on a long-term basis, said Grover Smart, professor of nematology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The patented organism, expected to be available by fall 2001, will help farmers, home owners and golf course managers combat the pest. (more …)

For Rice, Warmer Earth Brings Uncertain Future, UF Research Shows

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Aaron Hoover

Source(s):
Hartwell Allen lhajr@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-8194
Kenneth Boote kjb@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, 392-1811, ext. 231

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Temperature increases anticipated as part of global warming appear to significantly reduce rice yields, a finding that has worrisome implications for the third of the world’s population that relies on rice as a primary staple.

University of Florida researchers have found above-average temperatures interfere with the life cycle and pollination process in rice plants. Modest temperature increases predicted by some climate change scenarios would reduce rice yields by 20 to 40 percent by 2100, while the most severe predicted temperature increases could force yields to zero. (more …)

UF Scientists To Participate In Everglades Restoration Conference

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Ronnie Best Ronnie_Best@USGS.gov, (305) 348-3965
Ramesh Reddy krr@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1804
Joseph Schaefer SchaeferJ@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7622

GAINESVILLE, Fla—Scientists from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will participate in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Science Conference in Naples next month, joining hundreds of experts to discuss a 30-year plan to restore the Florida Everglades.

The five-day conference, to be held Dec. 11-15 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, will host physical, biological and social scientists from universities and government agencies, said conference chairman Ronnie Best, chief of the restoration ecology branch of the U. S. Geological Survey in Miami. Conference topics include wildlife ecology, water circulation, water quality and treatment, land use, agricultural economics and data management, he said. (more …)

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