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April 3 Dedication Of New Fountain H. May, SR. Building At UF’s North Florida Research And Education Center In Quincy

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
George Hochmuth gjh@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7116
Don Poucher info@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437
Cheryl Vergot cvergot@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7112

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QUINCY, Fla.—Dedication ceremonies for “The Fountain H. May, Sr. Building” at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy will be held April 3, naming the facility in honor of an agricultural leader who has helped introduce Florida nursery products around the world.

Construction on the 28,000-square-foot facility started in Dec. 2000, made possible by a $5-million appropriation from the Florida Legislature. (more …)

UF Develops New White Caladium Variety

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

Source(s):
Baldwin Miranda bdmiranda@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 751-7636 ext. 234
Brent Harbaugh brenth@nersp.nerdc.ufl.edu, (941) 751-7636 ext. 238
Don Bates sales@caladiumsonline.com, (863) 465-3274

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BRADENTON, Fla. — A new kind of moonlight will soon brighten yards, but it comes from the University of Florida and it’s best seen during the day.

Florida Moonlight, a white-leaved, white-veined caladium variety developed by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been approved for release to commercial growers, said Baldwin Miranda, leader of UF’s caladium breeding program. (more …)

UF Develops Method To Grow Exotic Galia Muskmelons

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Dan Cantliffe djc@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 284-8820

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Investors seeking the next big trend in produce might want to remember the name “Galia.”

An exotic, hybrid muskmelon from Israel, Galia can now be produced in the Southeast using techniques developed at the University of Florida to mimic the arid desert climate the melon requires. (more …)

4-H Day At The Capitol February 19: Rally And Press Conference

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By:
Ami Neiberger (352) 846-0996, ext. 237

Source:
Lane Jimison, , (352) 846-0996, ext. 238

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—It’s not just cows, sows and plows anymore. The 4-H youth development program is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a discussion about youth development priorities and is sharing the results with the citizens of Florida.

A press conference and 4-H rally will be held on the steps of the old capitol building at 1:00p.m. Tuesday, where the State Conversation on Youth Development Report will be presented. A resolution to recognize 4-H in will be sponsored by State Rep. Hogan. An evening auction with a surprise award announcement at the Capital City Country Club will close the day. (more …)

UF Termite Experts: New Florida Building Code Will Help Stop Pest

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

Source(s):
Phil Koehler pgk@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2484
Dina Richmond drichman@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901 ext 119

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—With termite damage at record levels, University of Florida pest control experts say a new statewide building code will help stop the tiny home wreckers.

“Termite damage and control costs in Florida exceed $500 million annually, but that will be reduced by the new Florida Building Code, making builders more responsible for termite protection,” said Phil Koehler, professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The code becomes effective March 1. (more …)

Genetic Technology Helps Wheat Make Better Bread, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Indra Vasil ikv@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1193
George Lookhart george@usgmrl.ksu.edu, (785) 776-2736
Jane Muir jmuir@ufl.edu, (352) 846-1646, ext. 210

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Average wheat varieties could be given superior bread-making qualities, thanks to genetic technology developed at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“Traditionally, the bread-making characteristics of wheat differ from one variety to another,” said Indra Vasil, graduate research professor emeritus with UF’s Department of Horticultural Sciences and leader of a group that developed the technology. “Wheat that’s easy to grow doesn’t always make good bread, but if it did we could save time and money.” (more …)

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