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UF Researcher Searches for Hardy Sea Oats To Protect Florida’s Beaches From Hurricane Damage

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Source(s):
Mike Kane mkane@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1831 ext. 205
Maia McGuire MPMcGuire@ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 824- 4564

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Florida digs out from its worst hurricane season in more than a century, a University of Florida professor is nurturing an army of tiny reconstruction workers.

In a brightly lit lab on the UF campus, Mike Kane grows hundreds of specimens of the sea oat — the humble grass that serves as the first line of defense against hurricane damage. He’s trying to find the strongest plants to guard Florida’s beaches against the next major storm. (more …)

UF Helps Launch New Food Safety Institute Of The Americas

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Douglas Archer dlarcher@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 210
Geoffrey Gathercole Geoffrey.Gathercole@mdc.edu, (305) 237-2768
Richard Jones rljones@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1784
Linda Swacina Linda.Swacina@fsis.usda.gov, (305) 347-5552

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—To guard against unsafe food reaching consumers in today’s international marketplace, the Food Safety Institute of the Americas is being established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the University of Florida and other participants in 31 nations of the hemisphere.

The institute, which will involve other universities and organizations in the Western Hemisphere, will be a forum for exchanging scientific information, and developing and delivering education to improve the safety of meat, poultry and egg products. (more …)

Hurricanes And Halloween: Florida Bats On Mosquito-Feeding Frenzy

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mark Hostetler hostetlerm@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0568
Ken Gioeli ktg@ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 462-1660

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—This Halloween, there are lots of treats out there for hungry bats.

After four back-to-back hurricanes that soaked the Sunshine State and caused mosquito populations to explode, bats are now on a feeding frenzy like never before, University of Florida wildlife experts say. (more …)

LEDs May Be Key To Agriculture In Space And Boost Production In Greenhouses On Earth, UF Researcher Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Kevin Folta kfolta@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1864
John Sager john.c.sager@nasa.gov, 321-861-2949

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kevin Folta has seen the future of agriculture — and it looks a lot like a photographer’s darkroom.

In a windowless room in his University of Florida laboratory, Folta grows dozens of plants in small trays, under the glare of light-emitting diodes — the same kind of tiny “bulbs” that light the face of your watch or tell you when the coffee is done. (more …)

UF Researchers: Microbial Astronauts May Have Already Made The Journey To Other Planets

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Wayne Nicholson WLN@ufl.edu, 321-861-3487
Andrew Schuerger acschuerger@ifas.ufl.edu, 321-861-3478

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.—Wayne Nicholson works with the world’s smallest astronauts.

In April, he launched a sample of the microbe Bacillus subtilis 70 miles into space on the metal skin of a rocket launched from New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range.

His goal was to discover whether B. subtilis, a hard-to-kill microbe found almost everywhere on Earth, could have hitched a ride on a probe from Earth to Mars — or on a terrestrial rock launched into space by a meteor strike. (more …)

UF Extension Agents Help Teachers Deal With Post-Storm Stress

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Joe Pergola JJPergola@ifas.ufl.edu, 813-744-5519
Pam Phillippe pam.phillippe@charlottefl.com, 941-764-4340
Susan Flores Susan_Flores@ccps.k12.fl.us, 941-255-7525

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—In the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes that took an enormous human and economic toll on Florida residents, University of Florida extension agents are helping teachers and residents deal with long-term stress from the storms.

“In Charlotte County where Hurricane Charley made land-fall, the devastation and emotional toll has been severe,” said Joe Pergola, a Hillsborough County extension agent with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, who went to the disaster area after storm. (more …)

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