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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 …)

Sweet Smell Of Success: New UF System Helps Dairy Farms Reduce Odors

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ann Wilkie acwi@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-8699
David Armstrong armstrong@animal.ufl.edu, (904) 462-1066

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GAINESVILLE — With hundreds or thousands of cows eating, drinking and, well, doing what cows do naturally, dairy farms have earned a reputation for bad odors. Combine that with urban sprawl that brings city dwellers and dairy farms closer together, and you have a recipe for conflict.

But thanks to new technology developed by University of Florida researchers, dairy farms — and swine and poultry operations as well — may come out smelling like a rose as far as their neighbors are concerned. (more …)

Sims Named Interim Chair of UF Food And Human Nutrition Department

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Charles Sims cas@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991
Douglas Archer fos@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991

GAINESVILLE, Fla—Charles Sims, professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, has been named interim chair of the department, effective Dec. 1.

He replaces Douglas Archer, who has been chair since 1994. Archer will now have a teaching, research and extension appointment in the department, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory Initiates 40-Year Plan

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Tom Walker tjw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901, ext. 125

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—To demonstrate how forests, wetlands and other natural areas evolve or change over the years — a process known as succession — a 40-year plan has been initiated at the University of Florida’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory.

Located in the southwest corner of the UF campus, the laboratory is a 43-acre outdoor classroom being used to teach students and the public about ecology and biodiversity. (more …)

Hunted Deer Make Up For Losses Of Bucks, UF Reasearch Shows

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Aaron Hoover

Source(s):
Ron Labisky labiskyr@ufl.edu, (352) 846-0567

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—As fall hunting season opens in Florida and other states, a University of Florida professor says America’s native white-tailed deer have some unique ways to compensate for hunting.

Hunters most often pursue bucks, both for trophy value and because shooting does in many states is illegal or highly restricted. That might seem to threaten deer populations because it cuts into the number of males available to mate. But Ron Labisky, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says his research shows that deer make up for the loss of bucks with a unique response: Does in areas where hunting is allowed give birth to considerably more male fawns than female fawns. (more …)

Kauwell Receives National Teaching Award From USDA And NASULGC

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Cheryl Fields, NASULGC cfields@nasulgc.org, (202) 478-6073
Gail Kauwell gpk@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991, ext. 227

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.—Gail Kauwell, associate professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida, received the 2000 Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award on Nov. 11 in San Antonio. The national award, one of two given annually, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Presented at NASULGC’s 113th annual meeting, the award includes a $5,000 stipend to be used by Kauwell for improving education at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The award was presented to Kauwell by Colien Hefferan, administrator with USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service in Washington, D.C. (more …)

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