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UF Research: Dairy Farm Manure Could Be Useful To Nurseries

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Aaron Hoover

Source(s):
Rafael Garcia-Prendes rafaelgp@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext 140
Roger Nordstedt roger@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext 103

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most manure produced by Florida’s dairy farms is stored in lagoons and spread on fields, a practice that can lead to pollution of rivers and lakes if not done correctly.

Now, researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have come up with an environmentally friendly and economically attractive use for the manure: Compost it and substitute it for peat commonly used by nurseries as a potting material. (more …)

Lena Ma Receives the Discovery 2001 Award from Discovery Networks Europe and Royal Geographical Society

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LONDON — Lena Ma, professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received the Discovery 2001 Award from the Royal Geographical Society and Discovery Networks Europe during ceremonies in London Nov. 20.

Ma, an expert on the biochemistry of trace metals in UF’s soil and water science department, was recognized for discovering a fern that absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil. The award, which includes 5,000 British pounds to support her research program, was presented to Ma by Lucy Irvine, author of Castaway and other books. (more …)

New UF Program Recycles Fishing Line To Protect Wildlife

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Maia McGuire mpmcguire@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 461-4015
Karen Anfinson kkanfinson@purefishing.com, (877) 777-3850 ext. 8419
Leesa Souto lsouto@mriresearch.org, (321) 723-4547, ext. 200
Rodney Smith editor@camirl.com, (321) 77-2773
Kari Santy (321) 633-2016

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MARINELAND, Fla. — It’s strong, thin and almost invisible.

The same qualities that make nylon monofilament fishing line popular with anglers can make it deadly to wildlife that encounter lost or discarded strands, says a University of Florida expert. (more …)

UF/IFAS Books Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Suzanne Ackermann

Source(s):
Chic Hinton cmh@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1764, ext. 224

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— This holiday season, give the gift of knowledge from the experts at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“Choose from dozens of beautifully illustrated books on subjects ranging from gardening to wildlife,” said Chic Hinton, manager of the University of Florida-IFAS Extension Bookstore. “Treat yourself to convenient shopping by visiting the store’s Web site http://IFASbooks.ufl.edu or calling the bookstore at (800) 226-1764.” (more …)

Foundation Supports UF Research On Cypress Trees To Reduce Harvests From Native Forest

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Donald Rockwood dlr@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0897
John A. Marshall plantcypress@aol.com, (561) 805-8733

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.— The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation has donated $10,000 to the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation for research on cypress trees.

“The Marshall Foundation support will greatly advance the school’s development of fast-growing, high quality cypress for commercial planting,” said Don Rockwood, professor of forestry with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and coordinator of the cypress research. “Other benefits of the genetic improvement program include assembly and preservation of genetic diversity in cypress,” he said. (more …)

UF’s New Frazier Rogers Hall To Be Dedicated On Nov. 29

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Direlle Baird baird@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864, ext. 120
Don Poucher info@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, Don Poucher (352) 392-0437

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Dedication ceremonies for Frazier Rogers Hall, a new $9.2-million facility for the University of Florida’s agricultural and biological engineering department, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning at 10 a.m.

UF President Charles Young will preside over the ceremonies, and Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources, will welcome and recognize guests at the event. (more …)

Pumpkin Isn’t Just For Pie Anymore, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Don Maynard dnma@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 751-7636 ext. 239
Stephen Talcott sttalcott@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 218

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Pumpkin pie may be one of the most traditional items on the Thanksgiving menu, but it’s time Americans started thinking outside the crust – with a tropical twist, says a University of Florida researcher.

“Pumpkin is a truly versatile food,” said Don Maynard, horticultural sciences professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “In Latin America and the Caribbean, it’s a staple crop, used in everything from soup to stews to candy. We think it can have greater impact in the United States.” (more …)

UF/IFAS And Hillsborough Community College Start Joint Teaching Program In Jan. 2002

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Michael Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Gwendolyn Stephenson gstephenson@hcc.cc.fl.us, (813) 253-7050
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1961
Don Poucher info@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437
John Huerta (813) 253-7158

PLANT CITY, Fla.—Grand opening ceremonies for a new joint teaching program of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the college’s Plant City campus.

The ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Gwendolyn Stephenson, president of HCC, and Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

Three UF Professors Recognized At National Meetings In Charlotte, N.C.

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ramesh Reddy krr@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1803, ext. 317
Nick Comerford nbc@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1951
David Sylvia dmsa@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-9404

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three professors in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were honored at the recent national meetings of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in Charlotte, N.C.

Ramesh Reddy, graduate research professor and chair of UF’s soil and water science department, received SSSA’s 2001 Soil Science Applied Research Award and Nick Comerford, professor in the department, was elected a Fellow of the society. David Sylvia, professor of soil microbiology, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). (more …)

UF/IFAS Budget Cuts Impact 4-H Dramatically, Two 4-H Camps To Be Closed

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
Damon Miller dmi@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0996 ext. 225

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Two 4-H camps will be closed and the statewide 4-H program will be severely impacted by state budget cuts, said Damon Miller, assistant dean for 4-H programs at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

4-H Camp Cherry Lake near Madison and 4-H Camp Cloverleaf near Lake Placid will be closed. He said alternate funding plans and structures were considered by the administration before the closures were announced last week by Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

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