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University of Florida

Parents Play A Key Role In Reducing Children’s Stress At School

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Source:
Suzanna Smith Sdsmith@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2202 ext. 255

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Parents are the key to reducing their child’s stress in school, says a University of Florida expert.

Times of transition are stressful, and starting or going back to school is one of them, said Suzanna Smith, an associate professor in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). If the start date is delayed as it was with Hurricane Charley, the child may already be dealing with stress. (more …)

Students In UF/IFAS Department Of Food And Resource Economics Win National AAEA “Quiz Bowl” Competition Again

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

Source:
James Sterns JASterns@ufl.edu, 352-392-1826 ext. 222

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—For the third consecutive year, a team of students in the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has won the annual North American Academic Quiz Bowl competition held August 1-4 at the national meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) in Denver, Colo.

Zachary Adams, Juan Castro-Anzola and Paige Wingate, seniors majoring in food and resource economics, were one of the 39 teams from 22 universities and colleges in the United States and Canada competing in the tournament. Student teams competed in a double-elimination tournament that involved 76 matches. Adams is from Fort Pierce, Fla.; Castro-Anzola is from Colombia, South America; Wingate is from Milton, Fla. (more …)

UF Researchers Use Viruses To Cure Plant Disease

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Source(s):
Tim Momol tmomol@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-875-7100 ext. 154
Jeff Jones jbj@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-3631 ext. 348

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spraying viruses on plants is the last thing gardeners typically want to do, but University of Florida researchers say that just might be the solution to one of the world’s most persistent plant diseases.

Fields tests conducted at UF show that a mixture of viruses that infect and kill plant bacteria, called bacteriophages, can protect tomato plants from tomato spot, a disease that has developed resistance to widely used antibiotic and chemical sprays. (more …)

UF/IFAS Experts Offer Tips For Coping With Hurricane Charley

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Source:
Carol Lehtola CJLehtola@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1864 ext. 223

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Hurricane Charley is gone, but danger still lurks in the areas worst hit by the storm, ranging from heat stroke to the mental strain of life in a disaster area.

One guidebook offers expert advice for dealing with almost every danger that can arise in the wake of the storm. Compiled by experts at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, The Disaster Handbook offers detailed and well-researched tips on everything from salvaging personal items to applying for federal financial assistance. (more …)

Orchid Mania: Exotic Plant Now The Fastest Growing Segment Of Nation’s $13 Billion Floriculture Industry

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

Source(s):
Wagner Vendrame wavendrame@ifas.ufl.edu, 305-246-7001 ext. 210
Kerry Herndon kerryherndon@msn.com, 1-800-331-9127
Martin Motes vandas@mindspring.com, 305-247-4398

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HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Once just a hobby for those with the time, money and patience to care for exotic plants, orchids are now the fastest-growing segment of the nation’s $13 billion floriculture industry, and University of Florida researchers have developed a way to clone the plants to help preserve native and endangered species in the wild.

Nationwide, more than 16 million orchids were sold last year, generating more than $121 million in retail sales while poinsettias rang up $252 million. Chrysanthemums, which ranked third in sales, generated $76 million. (more …)

Carol Lethola Receives National Agricultural Engineering Safety Award

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

Source:
Carol Lehtola CJLehtola@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1864 ext. 223

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Carol Lehtola, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received the 2004 NAMIC Engineering Safety Award from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE).

Sponsored by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the NAMIC award honors outstanding engineering contributions to the advancement of agricultural safety engineering in research, design, education or promotion. Lehtola received the award August 4 at the international ASAE meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. (more …)

Steve Otwell Receives Myron Solberg Award In Food Science

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Source:
Steven Otwell WSOtwell@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-4221 ext. 304

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Steve Otwell, a professor of seafood technology with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received the Myron Solberg Award for excellence and leadership at the annual meeting of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Las Vegas July 13.

Otwell, who serves as seafood technology specialist for the Florida Sea Grant program, is national director of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP, pronounced HASS-ip) Alliance to help seafood processors and inspectors comply with federal food safety regulations. He is the first recipient of an award from the Myron Solberg Endowment Fund, established in honor of a former IFT member. (more …)

UF/IFAS Extension Service Responds To Hurricane Charley

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Charles Vavrina csv@ifas.ufl.edu, 239-658-3400
Carol Lehtola CJLehtola@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1864 ext. 223

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—In the wake of the nation’s second most expensive hurricane — loss estimates may exceed $25 billion — state and federal agencies are scrambling to help residents in Hurricane Charley’s southwest-to-northeast swath across Florida.

“With extension offices in all 67 Florida counties, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is making the vast resources of the university available to residents in hard-hit counties,” said Charles Vavrina, extension district director at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. (more …)

Larry Arrington Appointed UF Dean For Extension

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

Source(s):
Richard Jones rljones@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
Don Poucher info@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-0437

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Larry Arrington has been named dean for extension and director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Arrington’s selection capped a nearly yearlong national search and was announced today (August 20) by Richard Jones, UF interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

UF Professor Analyzes Youth Crime Prevention Programs

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Source(s):
Rose Barnett RVBarnett@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2201 ext. 248
Glenn Israel gdi@ifas.ufl.edu 352-392-0502 ext. 246

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—In the first study of its kind, a University of Florida professor has evaluated school crime statistics in the state and the success of crime reduction programs for youth.

“For the first time, we have measured crime statistics in all Florida schools and the numbers confirm what we suspected,” said Rose Barnett, an assistant professor in youth development and public policy for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Most school violence occurs at the middle school level, and most incidents are along the lines of fighting and disorderly conduct.” (more …)

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