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UF To “Launch” Space Ag Biotech Program April 29

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Robert Ferl robferl@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1928 ext. 301
Bill Knott william.knott-1@ksc.nasa.gov, (321) 867-6988
Jan Heuser, NASA jan.heuser-1@ksc.nasa.gov, (321) 867-4455

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.—The “launch” of a new Center for Space Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Education — or SABRE — at the Kennedy Space Center is set for April 29 when officials from the University of Florida and NASA gather at the facility to formally initiate the program.

The SABRE program, which will include faculty from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will focus on the discovery, development and application of the biological aspects of advanced life support strategies, said Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. SABRE faculty will be located at KSC and UF in Gainesville. (more …)

Putting The Bite On Melaleuca: UF and USDA To Release Australian Insect To Control Invasive Tree In South Florida

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

Source(s):
Susan Wineriter spitz@ufl.edu, (352) 372-3505 ext. 166
Gary Buckingham grbuck@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu, (352) 372-3505 ext. 124
Robin Giblin-Davis giblin@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6333
Ted Center tcenter@saa.ars.usda.gov, (954) 475-0541 ext 103

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—To slow — and hopefully stop — the spread of harmful Australian melaleuca trees in South Florida, researchers from the University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture will release a tiny insect Monday at the eastern edge of Everglades National Park in Broward County.

“After 16 years of research on natural or biological controls for the invasive tree species, we are releasing the melaleuca psyllid to help control or eradicate melaleuca,” said Susan Wineriter, a senior agricultural biologist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville. (more …)

UF Expert Says Replanting Sea Oats Can Help Save Dunes, Beaches

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Maia McGuire mpmcguire@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 824-4564
Josh Lott josh.lott@noaa.gov, (301) 713-3155 ext. 178

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Just in time for Earth Day, a UF researcher is leading an effort to restore one of nature’s most valuable beach defenses: sea oats.

Officials are replanting the protective sea oats along a one-mile stretch of beach on a Northeast Florida barrier island, but UF and federal experts say the effort can be a model for other coastal communities confronting beach erosion and dune loss. (more …)

April 16 Dedication Of New $3.9 Million Teaching Facility At UF/IFAS Indian River Research And Education Center

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Michael Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1963
Walter Tabachnick wjt@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200 ext. 124

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FORT PIERCE, Fla.—Dedication ceremonies for a new $3.9 million teaching facility addition at the University of Florida’s IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center will be held April 16 in Fort Pierce.

State Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, will be the keynote speaker, and Dianna Morgan, vice chair of the UF Board of Trustees, will dedicate the building. Pruitt and State Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Port St. Lucie, will formally accept the facility for the State of Florida. (more …)

Young Horses Need More Zinc, Copper For Strong Skeletons, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ed Ott ott@animal.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2455
Charlotte Kirk Baer ckirk@nas.edu, (202) 334-3062
Larry Mack lmack@seminolefeed.com, (352) 732-4143

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They run fast and jump high, sometimes suffering torn cartilage and broken bones as a result.

They’re not human athletes, they’re horses. And a University of Florida expert says current national nutrient recommendations may not provide all the zinc and copper the animals need to develop strong cartilage and bone in their early years. (more …)

Blanc Du Bois: Florida’s Award-Winning Wine Wins Again!

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Dennis Gray DJG@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (407) 884-2034 ext. 126
Jeanne Burgess Winejb@aol.com, (352) 394-8627

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CLERMONT, Fla.—Florida’s homegrown wine industry has done it again.

For the third time in four years, Blanc du Bois, a dry, fruity wine made from a grape developed by the University of Florida, has won a double gold medal in international competition. (more …)

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