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University of Florida

UF Gets Federal Funds To Finish Statewide Weather Network

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Larry Treadaway lst@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (407) 884-2034, ext. 151
Andy Devanas andrew.devanas@dca.state.fl.us (850) 413-9885

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The University of Florida’s statewide Florida Automated Weather Network, also known as FAWN, will be completed this year with the help of $125,000 in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

“With the help of federal funding, we can now add another 11 monitoring stations to the weather network by the end of the year, bringing the total to 32 for complete statewide coverage 24 hours daily,” said Larry Treadaway, who coordinates the weather network for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Expert Helps Promote Standards For Saltwater Tropical Fish Industry

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Sherry Larkin larkin@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 431
Paul Holthus info@aquariumcouncil.org (808) 550-8217
Denise Petty info@seagrestfarms.com (813) 677-9196

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cyanide poisoning may be the stuff of murder mysteries, but it seems an unlikely way for tropical fish or coral reefs to die.

That’s what can happen, though, when divers in Southeast Asia use cyanide to capture valuable fish for sale to the aquarium trade, says a University of Florida expert who’s helping to evaluate standards for proper capture, handling and sale of saltwater tropical fish and invertebrates such as coral, sea anemones and shellfish. (more …)

Counterintuitively, After Extreme Droughts, Wading Birds Flourish

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Aaron Hoover

Source:
Peter Frederick pcf@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0565

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—When rain brought an end to an intense drought in the Everglades a decade ago, wildlife biologist Peter Frederick thought there would be few wading birds left.

The white ibis and other birds spend their entire lives around water, foraging in it for fish and nesting in the grasses above it for protection against predators. To Frederick, a wading-bird expert at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, three years of bone-dry conditions would surely force the birds to fly to wetter places. (more …)

Green Mussel Invasion In Southwest Florida May Be Controlled By Commercial Harvesting

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Patrick Baker pbaker@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-9617, ext. 281
John Stevely jmstevely@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 721-6608, ext 239

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TAMPA, Fla.—Unlike the scores of exotic species that have invaded Florida over the years, the newest environmental threat may be controlled in a practical way: serving it as an appetizer.

Commercial harvesting may be the best way to control an invasion of green mussels that continues to spread rapidly along the state’s southwest coast from Tampa Bay to Charlotte harbor, said Patrick Baker, assistant professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Experts Help Launch Water Buffalo Dairy Program

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Hugh Popenoe hlp@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2643
David Muller starhilldairy@aol.com, (802) 457-5075
Wyland Cripe wycripe@aol.com, (352) 392-4700, ext. 5845
Maarten Drost drostm@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu, (352) 392-4700, ext. 4035
Jason Aldous (802) 828-3829

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mozzarella cheese made from cow’s milk? Fuhgeddaboutit!

Traditional Italian mozzarella – the soft, elastic cheese commonly associated with pizza and pasta dishes – is made with water buffalo milk. And University of Florida experts say a new effort to promote dairy farming with the huge, horned beasts may help U.S. cheese-makers gain a foothold in the gourmet mozzarella market. (more …)

UF Conference On Arsenic In Soils Scheduled For March 4-5, 2002

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Suzanne Ackermann

Source(s):
Randy Brown rbb@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352)392-1803, ext. 344

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— Scientists and environmental decision-makers concerned with arsenic contamination will meet in Gainesville March 4-5, 2002 for a symposium on the principles of arsenic behavior in Florida’s soils. The symposium is sponsored by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other units of the university.

“The two-day program is intended to help participants understand the nature and behavior of arsenic, a carcinogenic heavy metal often used in pesticides and wood preservatives, as it transforms and moves in soils, as well as aspects of human exposure and risk assessment,” said Randy Brown, professor with UF’s soil and water science department. (more …)

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