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University of Florida

Algae Possible Cause Of Increased Alligator Deaths In Lake Griffin

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Edward Phlips phlips@ufl.edu, (352) 392-9617, ext. 248
Perran Ross prosscsg@flmnh.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1721

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LEESBURG — A toxic strain of blue-green algae may be involved in the skyrocketing number of alligator deaths in Lake Griffin during the past two years, say state officials and University of Florida researchers.

Cylindrospermopsis, which accounts up to 90 percent of microscopic floating algae in the lake, is the possible culprit because it produces toxins known to cause death in animals, researchers with UF and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently learned. Experts have been stumped by the dramatic change in the lake where they say two or three gator deaths a year would be normal, not the 200-plus of the past two years. (more …)

UF Expert: Industrial Sugar Users Benefit Most If Sugar Policy Ends

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Andrew Schmitz schmitz@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 415

GAINESVILLE — A University of Florida international trade expert says industrial users of sugar such as candy and ice cream manufacturers — not consumers — will receive the largest share of cost savings if the federal sugar policy is discontinued.

Andrew Schmitz, an eminent scholar and professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said the General Accounting Office relied on two economic models to reach its conclusions in its new report, “Sugar Program: Supporting Sugar Prices Has Increased User’s Costs While Benefitting Producers,” which was released June 9. (more …)

UF Shrimp School Works To Improve Quality And Safety For Consumers And Industry

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Serya Yesilcay

Source(s):
Steve Otwell otwell@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991, ext. 304
Laura Garrido lrg@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991, ext. 308

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GAINESVILLE—With 75 percent of the shrimp in the United States now coming from other countries, seafood inspectors are working harder than ever to ensure the catch that lands on consumers’ plates is up to snuff.

Toward that end, the University of Florida is at the effort’s leading edge with an ongoing series of workshops — dubbed “shrimp school” — that brings together researchers, government inspectors and industry representatives from around the world. (more …)

P.K. Nair To Receive International Agronomy Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
P.K. Nair (352) 392-846-0880
Kenneth Buhr (352) 392-1823, ext. 211

GAINESVILLE—P.K. Nair, professor of agroforestry with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will receive the International Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy on November 8 in Minneapolis. The award recognizes outstanding international achievements in agronomy and related fields.

The award has been given since 1968 when Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, father of the &quotGreen Revolution,” became the first recipient. Nair is the first UF faculty member to receive the award. (more …)

Kids Can Have Fun & Learn: Visit 4-H Centers In July To Find New Adventures

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source:
Jerry Culen jrcu@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0996 ext. 250

GAINESVILLE—Get ready campers, summertime is here. It’s time to pack your sunscreen and swimsuit, and head for a new adventure at one of the four 4-H centers in Florida.

Organizers say the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. You can choose from forestry camp, marine camp or an environmental “ed-venture.” Owl prowls, canteens, sing-a-longs and canoeing are just a few of the activities planned. (more …)

Grass From Africa May Help Drought-Weary Homeowners

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Laurie Trenholm letr@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-3831
John Hamilton johnhamilton22@hotmail, (941) 352-1187

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GAINESVILLE — With drought conditions forecast to continue over much of the nation, many homeowners under water restrictions have little choice but to watch their lawns wither under the unrelenting sunshine.

But a grass from Africa could soon provide homeowners with an option to the heat-sensitive bahiagrass and St. Augustinegrass used in lawns throughout the southern United States, said Laurie Trenholm, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Trenholm is helping test the grass to determine the best ways for growers and homeowners to care for it. (more …)

Risk Map Will Help Predict Encephalitis Outbreaks

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Jonathan Day jfda@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200

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VERO BEACH—The risk of a widespread St. Louis encephalitis epidemic in Florida this year is almost nonexistent, says a medical entomologist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

New York City also will likely be spared a repeat of last summer’s epidemic of West Nile virus, a close relative of St. Louis encephalitis, predicts Jonathan Day, a mosquito researcher at UF’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. (more …)

UF Faculty Receive Top USDA Awards For Research And Education

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Robert Cousins rjc@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2133 ext. 222
Forrest Izuno izuno@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 233-1538
Clayton McCoy cwmy@icon.ufl.edu, (941) 956-1151
Robert Schmidt phylbob@bellsouth.net, (352) 392-2558 ext. 206

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Four professors in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received Honor Awards from the United States Department of Agriculture during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Monday (6-5).

The USDA’s highest recognition for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the consumer were presented to Robert Cousins, Forrest Izuno, Clayton McCoy and Robert Schmidt by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman during ceremonies at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. (more …)

Van Waddill Named Senior Director Of UF Everglades And Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Centers

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Van Waddill vhw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 993-1500
Don Poucher info@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437

BELLE GLADE—Van Waddill, director of the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center (REC), has been named senior director of the Belle Glade center and the Fort Lauderdale REC. Both facilities are part of the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

In announcing Waddill’s appointment, Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said Waddill would assume the new administrative position for both centers in mid-June. (more …)

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