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University of Florida

UF Researchers One Step Closer To Folate-Enriched Crops

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Source(s):
Andrew Hanson adha@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext 334
Jess Gregory JFGregory@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 225

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two University of Florida researchers and their collaborators have found one of the genetic pathways to folate production in plants – research that could lead to crops rich with the birth defect-preventing nutrient to feed the developing world.

“This may be the best way to combat folate deficiency in some of the world’s most underdeveloped countries, where the problem is most prevalent,” said Jess Gregory, a professor at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF/IFAS To Host First World Congress Of Agroforestry In Orlando June 27 To July 2, 2004

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

Source(s):
P.K. Nair pknair@ufl.edu, 352-846-0880
Shibu Jose sjose@ufl.edu, 850-983-5216 ext. 107

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ORLANDO—Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution in agriculture and saved millions of lives, will be the keynote speaker June 27 at the First World Congress of Agroforestry in Orlando, Fla.

The agronomist, whose research has resulted in the production of new cereal grains to help feed the hungry in developing nations, will speak about using agroforestry to bridge the gap between agriculture and the environment. (more …)

A Home Greenhouse Makes Gardening A Year-Round Pleasure

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Source(s):
Robert Black rblack@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831
Judy Kirkendall judy@cpenterprise.com, 407-886-3321 ext. 101

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—No matter what the weather, home gardeners can make sure their precious plants thrive year-round with the addition of a greenhouse that provides ideal growing conditions.

“Freezes may come and go, but your favorite plants will be protected from extreme weather, including summer temperatures that exceed optimum growing conditions,” said Bob Black, an urban horticulturalist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF’s New Solar Fire Tomato Can Take The Heat

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Source(s):
Jay Scot jwsc@ifas.ufl.edu, 941-751-7536 ext. 241
Reggie Brown reggie@floridatomatoes.org, 407-894-3071
Tony DiMare tony.dimare@dimarefresh.com, 813-645-3241
Bruno Libbrecht b.libbrecht@harrismoran.com, 209-988-7452

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BRADENTON, FLA.—Growing tomatoes in Florida’s hot, humid climate isn’t always easy. Too hot and the fruit won’t set. Too much rainfall and the fruit cracks, or the plants develop diseases and lose their leaves.

These problems have been largely solved with the introduction of Solar Fire, a heat-tolerant variety developed by researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Don Hopkins Named Interim Director Of UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research And Education Center In Apopka

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

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
Don Hopkins DLHopkins@ifas.ufl.edu, 407-884-2034 ext. 138
Jeff Mullahey wfgator@ufl.edu 850-983-5774 ext. 101

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APOPKA, FLA.—Don Hopkins, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim director of the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka.

Hopkins succeeds Donn Shilling, a professor of agronomy who served as center director since 2000 and recently became chairman of the agronomy department at the University of Georgia. Hopkins assumed the new position Jan. 1, 2004. (more …)

UF Tests: Experimental Nutrition Product Boosts Immune Function And Reduces Flu Symptoms In Elderly

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Source(s):
Bobbi Langkamp-Henken RJHenken@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 205

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As influenza continues to take its toll, a new study by University of Florida researchers shows that nutrition can help seniors to better weather the flu season.

“In a flu season like this one, we need every advantage we can get,” said Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, an associate professor at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “The real lesson here is that every senior should pay attention to their nutrition and realize that it affects their resistance to infection.” (more …)

Lisa Myers Receives First Annual Award In UF Plant Medicine Program

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

Source:
Bob McGovern rjm@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-3631 ext. 213

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Lisa Myers, who recently completed her Doctor of Plant Medicine degree at the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is the first recipient of the George N. Agrios DPM Student Award for outstanding academic and professional achievements in plant medicine.

The award and $300 check were presented to Myers during December 2003 graduation ceremonies in Gainesville. (more …)

Terril A. Nell Elected President Of Society Of American Florists

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

Source(s):
Terril Nell tnell@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831 ext. 377
Debi Ackman dackman@safnow.org, 800-336-4743

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Terril A. Nell, professor and chairman of the University of Florida’s environmental horticulture department, has been elected president of the 15,000-member Society of American Florists, becoming the first academic to lead the nationwide group that represents all segments of the floral industry.

He was elected to the two-year post by the organization’s board of directors at its recent annual convention in Boca Raton, Fla. Nell will lead the society’s public relations and governmental affairs through 2005. Prior to becoming president of the society, he served in leadership roles for more than a decade, including a seven-year term on the board of directors. (more …)

Florida University System Chancellor Emeritus E.T. York Awarded Honorary Doctorate

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – E. T. York, chancellor emeritus of Florida’s state university system, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree by North Carolina State University.

In awarding the degree at the university’s December 17, 2003 graduation ceremonies, NCSU chancellor Marye Anne Fox cited York’s more than half-century of efforts to combat world hunger. (more …)

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