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University of Florida

UF, UN And Smithsonian Team Up To Launch New Biodiversity

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

Source(s):
Richard Lee (941) 956-1151

LAKE ALFRED — A homeowner curious about a strange weed in his garden, the fifth-grader writing a report on the Monarch butterfly and the horticulturist stumped by an unfamiliar plant disease all have a new source of information on the World Wide Web.

The University of Florida, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History have launched EcoPort , a free, one-stop encyclopedia of information on every known plant and animal on the planet. (more …)

Congressional Agricultural Hearing On Invasive Species At UF/IFAS Citrus Research And Education Center In Lake Alfred Jan. 31

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin (352) 392-1971
Harold Browning (863) 956-1151
Randall Stocker (352) 392-9613
Joseph DiPietro (352) 392-4700 ext 5000

LAKE ALFRED—U.S. Rep. Charles Canady, R-Fla., has announced that the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture will hold a field hearing at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred on Jan. 31 at 10:00 a.m. to review the harmful effects of invasive species on agriculture.

The hearing, hosted by the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at the research center’s Ben Hill Griffin Hall, will be chaired by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Calif. The news media and public are invited to attend. (more …)

Pesticide Ban Drives Switch To Soilless Agriculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Bob Hochmuth (904) 362-1725
Eric Waldo (813) 744-5519 ext. 105
Marvin Brown (813) 659-0577

hydroponically grown bell peppers
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LIVE OAK—Faced with a 2005 ban on a widely used chemical that controls soil pests, University of Florida researchers are working with growers to develop new high-tech growing methods that eliminate the need for soil.

“Soilless agriculture is not the wave of the future, it’s already here,” said Bob Hochmuth, a vegetable expert with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, who says the new growing methods have caught the attention of growers around state — especially for high-value crops such as tomatoes, colored bell peppers, cucumbers, Bibb lettuce, herbs and strawberries. (more …)

New Crimson Tomato Has Health Benefits

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Jay Scott (941) 751-7636

inspecting crimson tomatoes
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BRADENTON—The redder the better, when it comes to tomatoes, says a University of Florida researcher.

Horticulturist Jay Scott is breeding new varieties of tomatoes that contain a crimson gene, which gives tomatoes a deeper red color. More importantly, however, the gene also increases tomatoes’ levels of lycopene, a substance recently shown to have health benefits. (more …)

UF Researchers Attempt To Conserve Endangered Plant

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Eric Benjamin Lowe

Source(s):
Gayle van de Kerckhove (352) 846-6064

examining greenhouse cuttings
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GAINESVILLE—A rare species of St. John’s Wort found only in four counties of Central Florida is disappearing, and University of Florida researchers are studying the plant’s genetics and local environmental conditions in hopes of conserving it and other endangered plants.

Little was known about what could be causing the dieback of the Edison’s St. John’s Wort, a close relative to the popular herbal supplement for depression. (more …)

Babbitt Names Stocker To Federal Advisory Committee

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

Source(s):
Bruce Babbitt (202) 208-7351
Randall Stocker (352) 392-9613

GAINESVILLE—Randall Stocker, director of the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, has been invited by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to serve on the federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

Stocker, a professor of agronomy with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is a national expert in managing invasive plants. He will serve on the committee for a two-year term that ends on December 31, 2001. (more …)

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