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University of Florida

UF Agricultural Economist Relocates To UF 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
Jimmy Cheek jgc@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1961
P.J. van Blokland PJvanBlokland@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext. 408

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FORT PIERCE, Fla.—P.J. van Blokland, a professor of food and resource economics at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has joined the faculty of UF’s Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce.

The transfer, which coincides with the beginning of the fall semester at UF, was announced by Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

UF Teams With Retailer To Create “GNC University” For Store Employees

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Traci Irani irani@ufl.edu, 352-392-0502
Susan Percival SSPercival@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1991, ext. 217
William Riffee riffee@ufl.edu, 352-273-6312
Eileen Scott Eileen-Scott@gnc-hq.com 412-288-4674

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—When General Nutrition Corporation, which has more than 5,000 GNC stores in the United States, Canada and other countries, wanted to develop an online training program for their employees, the company asked the University of Florida for help.

As a result, the company and university formed a new business-education partnership, creating GNC University, which is a series of professional nutrition education courses available to store employees via distance education. (more …)

Sunflowers And The Birds They Attract Help Control Insect Pests On Crops And Reduce Pesticide Use

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Greg A. Jones Greg.A.Jones@SFCC.edu, 352-395-395-5008
Kathryn Sieving sievingK@wec.ufl.edu, 352-846-0569

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—When it comes to controlling insect pests on crops, some farmers are saying hello to birds.

“We have found an environmentally friendly way that may help control insects that feed on crops, and it’s literally for the birds,” said Kathryn Sieving, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “By planting sunflowers near valuable crops, we can attract birds that feed on insects.” (more …)

$2.8 Million NSF Grant Supports New UF Program To Balance Conservation And Economic Development In Tropical Forests

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Daniel Zarin zarin@ufl.edu, 352-846-1247
Susan Jacobson jacobsons@wec.ufl.edu, 352-846-0562
Marianne Schmink schmink@tcd.ufl.edu, 352-392-0375 ext 827
Francis Putz fep@botany.ufl.edu, 352-392-1486

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Finding the right balance between conserving Latin America’s tropical forests and using them for economic development is the goal of a new University of Florida graduate research and training program.

“The traditional starting point for conserving tropical forests has been the creation of parks that protect them from people,” said Daniel Zarin, an associate professor of tropical forestry with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Parks are a critical cornerstone for conservation, but parks alone will not suffice. (more …)

Timothy White Named Director of UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-19871
Tim White tlwhite@ufl.edu, 352-846-0850

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Timothy White, a University of Florida professor of forest genetics, has been named director of UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

He succeeds Wayne Smith, who retired June 30 after more than 38 years of UF service, including eight years as director of the school. (more …)

UF Researchers Control Mosquitoes With Tiny Crustaceans

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Jorge Rey jrr@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 136

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VERO BEACH, Fla.— At a time when the number of West Nile virus cases is setting new records, University of Florida researchers are developing an environmentally friendly way of controlling mosquitoes without pesticides.

The solution: a rugged little crustacean that wages war on mosquito larvae with an almost maniacal vengeance. (more …)

UF Experts Say “Termite Resistant” Construction Best Way To Prevent Damage

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Patti Bartlett

Source(s):
Pierce Jones ez@energy.ufl.edu, (352) 392-8074
Faith Oi FMOi@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901
Juddy Carter carterc@atlantic.net, (352) 377-5682

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Selecting the right construction materials and methods can reduce the need for pesticides as the first line of defense against termites, including the highly destructive Formosan termite now spreading throughout Florida and the Southeast.

“Instead of using the typical methods of controlling termites, builders can now help prevent pest problems before they start,” said Pierce Jones, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “It can be cheaper in the long run.” (more …)

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