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University of Florida

Dwain Johnson Receives International Meat Science Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Dwain Johnson Johnson@animal.ufl.edu, 352-392-1922

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Dwain Johnson, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is part of a research team that will receive the 2004 International Meat Secretariat (IMS) Prize for Meat Science and Technology.

The $10,000 prize recognizes the international significance of beef muscle profiling research by animal scientists at UF and the University of Nebraska in cooperation with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. (more …)

UF/IFAS Study: Florida Agriculture Continues Strong Growth

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Alan Hodges AWHodges@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext. 312
David Mulkey Mulkey@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext. 406

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GAINESVILLE, Fla—While citrus continues to be Florida’s signature agricultural crop, the environmental horticulture industry — which includes landscape plants, flowers, foliage, turfgrass and related landscape services — is now the fastest growing segment of industry, according to a new University of Florida economic study.

“Much of this growth can be attributed to the state’s rapid urban development that creates a huge demand for nursery and landscape plants,” said Alan Hodges, an associate in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

$2.5 Million NIH Grant Boosts UF/IFAS Research On West Nile And Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Robin Koestoyo

Source(s):
Walter Tabachnick wjt@ifas.ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 124

VERO BEACH, Fla.—To reduce the spread of West Nile encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases, University of Florida medical entomologists are ramping up their research on dangerous insects and viruses with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

“West Nile virus poses a very real risk for the nation, especially Florida, and a large epidemic with hundreds — or thousands — of cases is likely in the next five years” said Walter Tabachnick, director of UF’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. (more …)

UF Researchers Find Important Habitat For Endangered Sea Turtle Off Florida’s Fast-Developing Coast

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tim Loc

Source(s):
Erin McMichael emcmich@aol.com, 352-367-2963
Ray Carthy rayc@zoo.ufl.edu, 352-392-1861

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CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla.—The waters of St. Joseph Bay are a home to a previously unknown feeding ground for endangered green turtles, University of Florida researchers have discovered.

A large number of young turtles come to the bay to feed on sea grass and bulk up for the rigors of adult life, and the area’s growing human population could pose a threat to the feeding ground, the researchers say. (more …)

Lynn Bailey Receives Nutritional Science Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Lynn Bailey lbba@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 213

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Lynn Bailey, a professor in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received The Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award April 18 from the American Society of Nutritional Sciences at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Bailey was recognized for her contributions to the basic understanding of human nutrition. She received an inscribed plaque and $1,500 award from society president Dale Bauman and Judith Moreines, a representative from Wyeth Consumer Healthcare in Madison, N.J., which provided funding for the award. Bailey’s nomination for the award was evaluated by a jury of members from the nutritional sciences society. (more …)

Suburban Coyotes On The Rise, UF Professor Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tim Lockette

Source(s):
Martin Main mbma@ifas.ufl.edu, 239-658-3400
Jeanne Murphy 727-582-2100

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—They’ve long been a symbol of the wild open spaces of the American West. Now coyotes are making themselves at home in Florida’s suburbs.

But suburbanites need not fear the predators in their backyards as long as they use common sense, says Martin Main, a wildlife ecologist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Expert: Illegal Pest Control Operators May Be Coming To A Home Near You

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Phil Koehler pgk@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2484
Dempsey Sapp d.sapp@flapest.com, 352-376-2661

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Illegal pest control operators are increasingly common throughout Florida and other states, posing a threat to people and the environment, according to a University of Florida urban entomologist.

“We’re seeing more cases where small lawn service firms — people who usually mow and edge your grass — start offering additional services such as pest control for their customers, but these businesses are not licensed by the state to apply pesticides,” said Phil Koehler, a professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Researchers Use Essential Oil As Earth-Friendly Pesticide

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Tim Momol tmomol@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-528-2780
Steve Olson smolson@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-875-7144
Jeff Jones djm@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-3631 ext. 348

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QUINCY, Fla. — Aromatherapy … for watermelons, tomatoes and strawberries?

Research conducted at the University of Florida shows that essential oils — those strong-smelling liquids beloved by people seeking relief from stress — could be the basis of a new generation of environmentally friendly defenses against a variety of plant diseases. (more …)

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