IFAS News

University of Florida

New UF Web-Based Radio Network Debuts

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ashley Wood amw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7228
Kathy Sohar ksfl@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-3893

GAINESVILLE—RadioSource.NET, a new Internet radio network designed for the general public and broadcast stations, will provide practical information on everything from tips on lawn care to advice on saving for retirement.

The network is being launched Sept. 1 by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, offering consumer-oriented agricultural, life science and natural resource information from UF and 12 other land grant universities. (more …)

UF Studies Advance Thanks To Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Chris Brazda (352) 392-1633

GAINESVILLE—University of Florida conservation and wildlife programs received a boost this summer from the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund: more than $142,000 for eight different research projects in the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The projects cover a wide range of ecosystems and plant, aquatic and wildlife species throughout the world. The eight projects are in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and the Southwest Research and Education Center in Immokalee. (more …)

Fresh From The Farm! New UF Farm Market Guide To North Central Florida Available At County Extension Offices

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Suzanne Stapleton sstapleton@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 362-1725

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LIVE OAK—Buying fresh produce direct from local farmers is easier than ever thanks to a new Farm Market Guide to North Central Florida published by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Two versions of the directory are available, one for farms east of Interstate 75 and another for those west of I-75. (more …)

Quick Action Can Help Save Healthy Trees From Pine Beetle Attack

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
John Foltz foltz@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901
Wayne Odegaard wmo@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 754-4433

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GAINESVILLE — With outbreaks of the Southern Pine Beetle occurring in central Florida for the first time and more flare- ups of the destructive insect expected this fall, University of Florida experts say homeowners should act quickly to save their healthy trees.

“To protect individual healthy trees, the best thing to do is remove the infested tree and get a certified pesticide applicator to apply Cyren to the standing trees,” said John Foltz, an associate professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Snakes Alive! New UF Web Site Identifies Snakes In Florida, Southeast U.S.

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Wayne King kaiman@flmnh.ufl.edu, (352) 392-6573
Bill Cope wdc@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0900

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GAINESVILLE – Homeowners who happen across the occasional dangerous-looking backyard snake and aren’t sure what to do about it can now seek help from a mouse — a computer mouse.

A new University of Florida Web site, “Online Guide to the Snakes of Florida,” is the first of its kind in the nation and features an interactive section that allows people unfamiliar with snakes to easily identify the slithering creatures. (more …)

Wood Receives ACT Professional Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Ricky Telg rtelg@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0502, ext. 224
Ashley Wood amw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7228, ext. 293

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ashley Wood, director of IFAS Communication Services in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), received the 2000 Honored Professional award from Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) during the student organization’s recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Presented at the U.S. Agricultural Communicators Congress, the award recognized Wood for his support of agricultural communication programs at UF and other universities across the nation where ACT has student chapters. ACT selects one outstanding professional for the award each year. (more …)

UF Researcher Says New Mosquito Is Mild-Mannered

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
George O’Meara gfo@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200

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VERO BEACH—University of Florida entomologist George O’Meara has discovered a new variety of mosquito.

But the mosquito researcher says that’s good news.

The new mosquito sets up housekeeping in bromeliads, which means it uses up one of the habitats in which the dreaded Asian Tiger Mosquito breeds. While the Asian Tiger can spread disease, the new kid on the block does not even feed on humans. (more …)

Peart Receives ASAE Engineering Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Carol Flautt flautt@asae.org, (616) 428-6336
Robert Peart peartr@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 376-4693

GAINESVILLE—Robert Peart, graduate research professor emeritus with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was selected by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) to receive the Massey-Ferguson Educational Award for 2000.

The award, one of ASAE’s most prestigious, was presented to Peart at the organization’s recent international meeting in Milwaukee, Wis. (more …)

Mike Martin Named Honorary Professor By Czech University of Agriculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Don Poucher info@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971

GAINESVILLE—During his recent trip the Czech Republic, Mike Martin, University of Florida vice president for agriculture and natural resources, was named Honorary Professor by the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague.

The award from the Czech University’s scientific council was presented to Martin for his work in promoting a new cooperative program between the two institutions. A memorandum of understanding was signed at UF last year by officials from both universities to increase the exchange of students, faculty and research. (more …)

Mullahey Named Director Of UF’s West Florida Research And Education Center In Milton And Jay

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Jeff Mullahey jjm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 658-3400

GAINESVILLE—Jeff Mullahey, professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), has been named director of the UF’s West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton and Jay, effective August 4.

In announcing the appointment, UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin said Mullahey will replace Donn Shilling who served as director of the West Florida facility since January 1998. Shilling recently became director of the UF’s Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka. (more …)

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