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UF Researchers Preparing To Send Life To Mars

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Source(s):
Rob Ferl robferl@ufl.edu, 352-392-1928, ext. 301
Anna-Lisa Paul alp@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-222-6971 (cell)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With a fleet of space probes on their way to the Red Planet, fans of Mars exploration are bound to be on the edges of their seats this holiday season.

While the rest of the world waits to see whether one European Beagle 2 probe makes a successful Christmas-morning touchdown on Mars – followed by the American Mars Spirit and Mars Opportunity probes on Jan. 3 and Jan. 24 — researchers at the University of Florida are planning for future missions that could send life to Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. (more …)

UF Experts, Public Put New Poinsettia Varieties To The Test

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Source:
Jim Barrett jbarrett@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831 ext. 234

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Think you’re having a stressful holiday season? Just be glad you aren’t a pretty red flower in a greenhouse on the University of Florida campus – where poinsettias are currently on trial.

This week, UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting its eighth annual round of poinsettia trials, an event that brings UF experts and local residents together to pass judgment on dozens of new varieties of the flower. Just one of three such events held in the United States each year, the UF poinsettia trials are crucial in determining which flowers will make it to the store shelves next year. (more …)

New Director Named At UF/IFAS Belle Glade Center

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BELLE GLADE, FLA.— Christine T. Waddill has been named the new director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. Waddill served for eight years as head of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Waddill’s appointment was announced by UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin. (more …)

Mechanical Harvesting Key To Future Of Florida’s $9 Billion Citrus Industry

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

Source(s):
Fritz Roka fmro@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 239-658-3400 ext. 3412
Ron Muraro rpmuraro@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 863-956-1151 ext. 203
Jackie Burns jkburns@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 863-956-1151 ext. 285

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IMMOKALEE, FLA.—As the Florida citrus industry ramps up its winter harvesting season — picking a record 252 million boxes of oranges over the next six months — a small but growing number of producers are beginning to use mechanical harvesters that allow one person to collect more than 90 boxes per hour.

The new tree-shaking harvesting systems are nine times more efficient than picking oranges by hand and will help the state’s $9 billion citrus industry compete with low-cost producers such as Brazil, according to researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Florida Citrus Treasures Cookbook Now Available

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Source(s):
Jo Turner Jturner@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1778 ext. 228
Mary Harrison MNHarrison@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1868 ext. 243
Nayda Torres NITorres@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1778 ext. 221

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.— From the tart to the flavorful to the sweet, the new Florida Citrus Treasures Cookbook offers consumers 250 heritage citrus recipes.

The 180-page spiral-bound book, fresh off the press at the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, is packed with recipes and tips on freezing, pickling and canning. (more …)

Not As Dumb As You Think: Wild Turkeys A Tough Catch For UF Researchers

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Source(s):
Mel Sunquist sunquist@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-846-0566
Larry Perrin larry.perrin@fwc.state.fl.us, 850-627-9674

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MELROSE, Fla. — If you live in an urban area, you probably think of the turkey as a shockingly stupid bird that dies at Thanksgiving but lingers in your refrigerator for weeks.

But for Mel Sunquist and his students, the turkey is a formidable opponent who can elude rocket-powered capture nets, high-tech camera equipment and weeks of careful stalking. And he’s just trying to count them. (more …)

Gene Trotter Receives International Ag Leadership Award

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

Source(s):
Eugene Trotter eet@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1038
Bill Pope bpope@tamu.edu, 979-845-2008

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Eugene Trotter, a professor and director of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, received the Outstanding Leader Award during the recent annual meeting of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Trotter received a plaque for “vision and dedicated service spanning a quarter of a century in two states, and preparing talented young leaders for the challenging years ahead.” It was presented to him by Bill Pope, executive secretary of the association that includes members in 40 states and many foreign countries. (more …)

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