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University of Florida

McGovern To Direct UF’s Doctor Of Plant Medicine Program

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Bob McGovern rjm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-3631
George Agrios gna@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-3631

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The University of Florida’s Doctor of Plant Medicine program – believed to be the first program of its kind at any university – will be directed by Bob McGovern, associate professor of plant pathology, effective July 1.

He replaces George Agrios, who is retiring and will continue serving as professor emeritus in the plant pathology department. (more …)

Walter Tabachnick Named Interim Director Of UF’s Indian River Research And Education Center In Fort Pierce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Walter Tabachnick wjt@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200, ext.124

FORT PIERCE, Fla.—Walter Tabachnick, University of Florida professor of entomology and director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, has been named interim director of UF’s Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce.

He replaces Calvin Arnold who recently became director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce. Arnold was director of the Indian River center from 1995 to 2001. (more …)

Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course At UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, May 19-24

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carolina Revilla-Vendrame (954) 577-6309

Source(s):
Vernon Vandiver vvv@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6316
David Sutton dlsutton@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6317

DAVIE, Fla.—The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will host the annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course May 19-24 at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Hotel (6650 North Andrews Avenue).

Vernon Vandiver, associate professor at UF’s Fort Lauderdale center, has organized the workshop since 1976 in Gainesville. In 1992, the workshop was moved to Fort Lauderdale. (more …)

New Green Industries Institute Involves NFCC, FAMU And UF

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Sam Hand executivedirector@greenindustr, (850) 997-4088
George Hochmuth gjh@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7100
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1771

MONTICELLO, Fla.—The Green Industries Institute, a new environmental horticulture educational program that includes North Florida Community College, Florida A&M University and the University of Florida, will train professionals for the state’s rapidly growing nursery and landscape industries.

Housed in facilities at Monticello formerly used by UF’s North Florida Research and Education Center, the institute will offer courses for college degrees, industry certification and licensing, said Sam Hand, executive director of the institute. (more …)

Workshop On Thrips And Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Set For May 14-15 At UF’s North Florida Research And Education Center In Quincy

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Joe Funderburk JEFunderburk@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7146

QUINCY, Fla.—Described as major threats to global agriculture, thrips and tomato spotted wilt virus will be the focus of a special workshop, May 14-15, at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy.

“Tomato spotted wilt virus has been spread around the world by thrips during the past two decades, causing serious damage to a variety of agronomic, ornamental and vegetable crops grown in the field and greenhouses,” said Joe Funderburk, professor of entomology at the center. “Epidemics of tomato spotted wilt virus have been troublesome throughout the South.” (more …)

Ozone May Stop Bacteria On Produce Better Than Food Irradiation And Current Washing Methods, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Gary Rodrick ger@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 310
Tom Gillette tgtom@earthlink.net, (866) 825-8765
Bob Boggs vpboggs@earthlink.net, (800) 245-5518

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Ozone, the gas that protects the Earth from ultraviolet radiation, may soon give U.S. food shoppers better protection from harmful bacteria.

Retailers could sanitize fruits and vegetables by exposing them to ozone before they go on sale, said Gary Rodrick, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. In Europe, ozone has been used for decades to sanitize water and food products. (more …)

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