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Peanuts Rival Fruit As Source Of Health-Promoting Antioxidants, UF Researchers Say

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Source(s):
Steve Talcott STTalcott@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 218
Dan Gorbet dgorbet@ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 482-9956

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Peanuts are often thought of as high-fat foods, but party goers can feel a little better about reaching for the roasted nuts at holiday gatherings this season.

Not only do peanuts contain the so-called “good” kind of fat, but University of Florida researchers have found they also are high in a wide variety of helpful antioxidants, rivaling the fruits often sought out by health-conscious consumers. (more …)

Home For The Holidays? Tips For Preserving The Ties That Bind

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Source(s):
Garret Evans GDEvans@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1839 ext. 249

GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Family conflicts can be exacerbated under the stress of the holiday season, particularly on the heels of a divisive presidential election, but a University of Florida expert offers suggestions for setting aside differences and letting love rule during the holidays.

“Getting through family events requires a lot of flexibility and the ability to remember that, although you didn’t pick your family, they didn’t pick you either,” said UF psychologist Garret Evans. “In many families, even though they might argue over politics or lifestyles, when push comes to shove, they quickly rally to each other.” (more …)

UF Researchers Helping Make Possible A Mission To The Moon And Mars

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — As the nation sets its sights on a return to the Moon and a human mission to Mars, researchers at the University of Florida are developing the technologies that will help humankind reach beyond Earth orbit.

Working through the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center, researchers at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are working to solve some of the toughest challenges posed by deep space travel — challenges in the life sciences. (more …)

UF Mars Project Helps Students Learn About Agriculture

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Source(s):
Kimberly Bellah (352) 392-0502 ext. 223
Glenn Israel (352) 392-0502 ext. 246
Wendy Warner (352) 392-0502 ext. 223

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They’ve never known a world without CD players, cell phones, and fax machines. And for many middle-school-age children in America, the farm is a completely alien environment.

Now researchers at the University of Florida are trying to teach sixth- and seventh-grade students to think about agriculture — by asking them to imagine how astronauts would feed themselves on a mission to Mars. (more …)

Genes Reveal New Subspecies Of Tiger

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Source(s):
Mel Sunquist mesu@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-5066

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An international group of researchers has found a new subspecies of tiger — and they did it by delving into DNA rather than plunging into the jungle.

A genetic analysis of tigers from across Asia revealed that tigers roaming the wilds of the Malaysian Peninsula are substantially different from those in the rest of the continent — different enough to be considered a new subspecies. The finding, published today in the journal Public Library of Science Biology, could affect efforts to save the endangered cats. (more …)

UF Professor Contributes To New Book On Aging

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Source(s):
Linda Bobroff Bobroff@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1895 ext. 240
Kevin O’Neil KWONeil@aol.com (800) 956-0037

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A University of Florida professor offers her expertise on nutrition and diet in a new book on aging.

Linda Bobroff, a nutrition expert with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, authored the chapter on nutrition and diet in “Optimal Aging Manual: Your Guide from Experts in Medicine, Law and Finance.” (more …)

Jones And Nair Named UF/IFAS International Fellows

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By:
Larry Sch

Source(s):
Jim Jones JWJones@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext.289
P.K. Nair pknair@ufl.edu, (353) 846-0880
Roger Natzke natzke@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7127

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Jim Jones and P.K. Nair, distinguished professors in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, were named International Fellows in November, an award established this year by UF/IFAS International Programs to recognize outstanding international work.

Jones, a professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department, was nominated for developing crop modeling systems that explore the interactions between climate, crops, soil and management. The application of this knowledge is useful in improving crop management. (more …)

Experts Urge Floridians To Replace Trees After Hurricanes

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Source(s):
Mary Duryea mlduryea@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1784
Ed Gilman egilman@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1831 ext. 373

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—After this year’s active hurricane season, many Floridians may be reluctant to replace trees lost in storms or trees that damaged homes, businesses and other properties. But experts at the University of Florida say urban forests should be restored for economic, environmental and aesthetic reasons.

“It’s important not to have a negative reaction or backlash against trees because they provide so many environmental benefits,” said Mary Duryea, an assistant dean for research with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. “Trees provide shade, conserve energy and reduce the well known ‘heat island’ effect in cities caused by concrete and pavement.” (more …)

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