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University of Florida

Short Course To Look At Beef Cattle Cloning May 3-5 In Gainesville

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Karen Moore kmoore@animal.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1958
Bob Sand (352) 392-7529

GAINESVILLE — The latest applications of cloning in the beef cattle industry will be one highlight of the 49th annual Beef Cattle Short Course, May 3-5 at the Sheraton Hotel in Gainesville. The course is being presented by the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences.

Karen Moore, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will discuss how cloning techniques can help cattlemen improve their businesses by providing a uniformly superior product. (more …)

UF Taste Testers Help Launch New Food Products

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Charles Sims (352) 392-1991, ext. 211
Tara Russell (561) 999-1115

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GAINESVILLE — Companies working to bring a new food product to market have two questions — does it taste good and will consumers buy it?

Some get the answer to the first question through a University of Florida program that enlists UF students as taste testers for a variety of food products. Charles Sims, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said the program is an important step in the process of bringing a new food or beverage to market. (more …)

Poucher To Receive ACE Award Of Excellence In Communications Management

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Ashley Wood amw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7228, ext. 293

GAINESVILLE—Donald W. Poucher, assistant vice president for external relations and communications with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), will receive the Award of Excellence in Communications Management from Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) at its national meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 25.

In announcing the award, ACE Vice President Ashley Wood said Poucher is being recognized by the international organization for “substantial and creative contributions to the communication and information technology profession, and his leadership and involvement in ACE over a number of years.” (more …)

New Process Yields Safe Orange Juice That Tastes Like Fresh-Squeezed

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Murat Balaban mob@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-4273

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GAINESVILLE — A new process that uses carbon dioxide gas under high pressure can produce orange juice that tastes just like fresh-squeezed, but is as safe to drink as the heat-pasteurized variety, according to a University of Florida food engineer who helped perfect the process.

Murat Balaban, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said the process produces juice that has proven indistinguishable in taste tests from fresh-squeezed juice. (more …)

Agricultural Engineers Will Highlight Accomplishments In Daytona Beach

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Allen Overman aoverman@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7906

DAYTONA BEACH — Agricultural engineers from Florida and Georgia will link the past to the future May 10-13 in Daytona Beach.

The theme of “Building on the Past to Engineer the Future” will be presented in two keynote speeches during the annual conference and trade show of the Florida and Georgia sections of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Discussing the past will be Allen R. Overman, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Eldon R. Muller, an agricultural engineer with the Walt Disney Corporation in Orlando, will discuss future developments. (more …)

No Big Threat, But Coyotes Here To Stay: UF Research Monitors Rising Animal Populations In Florida

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Serya Yesilcay

Source(s):
Martin Main mbma@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 658-3400
Mel Sunquist mesu@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0566

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IMMOKALEE—Known more for their eerie howls in Western movie classics, coyotes also have become a permanent part of the Florida landscape.

To understand how they affect the state’s environment and human population, University of Florida researchers have been monitoring these new Florida residents for the past four years. (more …)

Agriculture College Offers Students Chance To Explore Programs

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Emily S. Sperling sperling@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2251, ext. 235

GAINESVILLE –What do a pharmacist, vegetable grower, forester and business analyst have in common? They all found their path to success through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

Local students, their teachers and families are encouraged to join other high school and community college students from across Florida to find their paths to success at Gator Encounter 2000, a field day hosted by the college April 29 at Fifield Hall on the UF campus starting at 9:30 a.m. (more …)

Henry Gholz, UF Forest Ecology Expert, To Serve On National Research Council Board

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Henry Gholz hlg@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0889
Michael Clegg (202) 334-2215

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Henry Gholz, professor of forest ecology with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources for a two-year period ending in 2003.

Gholz, a faculty member of the UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation since 1979, will serve on the Standing Committee on Biotechnology, Food and Fiber Production, and the Environment. The NRC is the principal operating unit of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, all of which are based in Washington, D.C. (more …)

Spring Fever For A Worthy Cause: Garden Festival Raises Money For Horticulture Scholarship

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Serya Yesilcay

Source:
Rick Schoellhorn rksch@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu

MILTON — For the first time in its three-year history, a local flower and garden festival is recycling more than soil, seeds and leaves into the community.

Because this year, the color of green means more than just tropical perennials, lush landscaping or greenhouse tours at the Milton campus of Pensacola Junior College/ University of Florida. (more …)

Donn Shilling Named Director of UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu (352) 392-1971
Donn Shilling dgs@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu (850) 983-2632
Don Poucher info@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu (352) 392-0437

APOPKA—Donn Shilling, professor of agronomy with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), has been named director of the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) in Apopka.

Shilling, who received his Ph.D. in crop science from North Carolina State University in 1983, has served as director of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) in Jay and Milton near Pensacola since January 1997. He will assume the new position on July l, according to Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

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