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University of Florida

UF/IFAS Extension Dean Stepping Down

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—After eight years as head of Florida Cooperative Extension for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Christine Waddill is stepping down, effective October 6, 2003.

Waddill has served as UF/IFAS dean for extension and director of Florida Cooperative Extension since 1995. In a September 25 email message to faculty and staff, Waddill said that for both professional and personal reasons she had decided to change her role in UF/IFAS. She also indicated that UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin asked her to consider taking on the directorship at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. (more …)

Native Grape May Produce Healthier Wine

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By:
Tim Lockette (352) 392-1773 ext. 277

Source(s):
Susan Percival SSPercival@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext 217
Stephen Talcott SSTalcott@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext 218

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Wine drinkers have heard plenty of good news in recent years, with study after study pointing to health benefits for people who enjoy a glass or two every evening.

Now researchers at the University of Florida say the red wine grape’s country cousin — the muscadine — may produce a wine healthier than the reds you see in your local grocery store. (more …)

Stanford University Plant Biologist To Speak At UF Sept. 24

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By:
Patti Bartlett

Source(s):
Chris Somerville crs@andrew2.stanford.edu, 650-325-1521 ext.203
Chris Waddill ctwaddill@mail.ifas.ufl.edu 352-392-1671

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Chris Somerville, director of the plant biology department at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and a professor at Stanford University in California, will be the featured speaker Sept. 24 in the University of Florida’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Lecture Series.

Somerville’s presentation on the future of plant genetic engineering will be at 7:30 p.m. in Powell Hall at UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and open to the public. (more …)

Conference On The Role Of Genetically Modified Organisms In Trade Disputes

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

Source(s):
Andrew Schmitz aschmitz@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext. 415

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Trade disputes over the use of genetically modified organisms in agricultural crops will be the focus of an international conference Oct. 30-31 in San Antonio, Texas.

“Border disputes are becoming a worldwide problem for farm exports,” said Andrew Schmitz, a University of Florida professor of food and resource economics who is coordinating the conference. (more …)

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