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University of Florida

Groups Work Together To Help Animals And Agriculture In Disasters

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole (352) 392-1864 ext. 215

Source(s):
Greg Christy christg@doacs.state.fl.us, (850) 410-0902
Carol Lehtola cjlehtola@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 223

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—When hurricanes hit Florida last summer, out- of-state veterinarians cared for animals in affected counties, pet food companies provided free food and suppliers trucked in tons of livestock feed.

The newly formed State Agricultural Response Team (SART) coordinated this relief, providing a live test for its task of improving working relationships statewide during disasters and other emergencies. (more …)

UF Helps Panhandle Farmer Grow Satsuma Oranges As Alternative Crop

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mack Glass mjg@phonl.com, (850) 579-4641
George Hochmuth gjh@ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7100
Ed Jowers hej@ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 482-9620
John Jackson jljackson@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 343-4101

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MARIANNA, Fla.—In heart of the Florida Panhandle – hundreds of miles north of other citrus production areas in the state – Mack Glass is growing cold-hardy Satsuma oranges and says Jackson County could regain its title as the Satsuma Capital of the World.

“Back in the early 1900s, before a 1935 freeze wiped out the 3,000-acre citrus crop in the Panhandle, our county was known as the Satsuma Capital of the World, and annual Satsuma festivals in 1928 and 1929 attracted 35,000 people,” said Glass, who is growing five acres of the Mandarin orange on his farm near Marianna. (more …)

“Green” Neighborhoods Don’t Always Attract Eco-Friendly Residents, UF Study Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tim Lockette and Julie Walters

Source(s):
Mark Hostetler MEHostetler@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0568
Rick Medina i_haile@bellsouth.net, (352) 335-7848

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.— They’re often billed as “green” neighborhoods, but New Urbanist developments don’t necessarily attract earth-friendly residents, a University of Florida study shows.

After conducting surveys in several Gainesville neighborhoods, UF researchers found that residents of one of the city’s largest New Urbanist developments did not score any better — and in some cases scored lower on key indicators of environmental awareness and activism — than residents of typical suburban neighborhoods. (more …)

10 Students Earn UF Degrees At IFAS Indian River Reseach And Education Center In Fort Pierce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Brian Scully brts@ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 468-3922
E. Jane Luzar EJLuzar@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2251, Ext. 234
P.J. van Blokland PJvanBlokland@ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 468-3922

FORT PIERCE, Fla.—The University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce recently celebrated its largest graduating class when 10 students completed requirements for degrees and certificates from UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Gainesville.

Eight graduates earned bachelor’s degrees in agribusiness management, one completed a master’s degree in horticultural sciences and one received a certificate in agribusiness management. Center Director Brian Scully hosted the event for graduating students. (more …)

Forecasting Nature: Computer Model Helps Farmers Lower Risk Of Crop Loss

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carolyn

Source:
Jim Jones JWJones@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 289

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Scientists from the University of Florida and other southeastern universities are helping farmers to get a jump on Mother Nature.

Combining computer crop models with climate forecasts that predict whether an upcoming season is likely to be a wet and stormy El Niño year, the researchers have designed a unique Web-based decision-making tool that farmers can use to minimize the risk of damage to their crops. (more …)

Saving Valentine’s Day: UF Researcher Combats Disease That Threatens World Cocoa Bean Crop

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Julie

Source(s):
Randy Ploetz rcp@ifas.ufl.edu, (305) 246-7001 ext. 321
John Lunde john.lunde@effem.com, (908) 850-2253
Liliana Esposito liliana.esposito@effem.com, (908) 850-2913

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are on a disease-fighting mission to ensure that the world’s favorite confection — chocolate — will continue to be a Valentine’s Day mainstay.

The enemy is witches’ broom, an evil-sounding, tree-deforming disease that threatens the global cacao crop and could affect the supply of chocolate in coming years. Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and other researchers at UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop new cacao varieties that are resistant to witches’ broom. (more …)

Experto En Termitas Subterraneas De La Universidad De La Florida Ayuda En La Lucha Contra Esta Destructiva Plaga En La Capital Chilena Y Zonas Adjacentes

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Nan-Yao Su nysu@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6339
Renato Ripa (La Cruz, Chile) rripa@lacruz.inia.cl, 56-33-312366
James Smith (Santiago, Chile) jsmith@terminator.cl, 56-2-443-5488
Raul Valdez (Santiago, Chile) ambiente@lascones.cl, 56-2-224-9765

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SANTIAGO, CHILE — En Santiago, y extendiéndose a otros centros urbanos cercanos a esta ciudad capitalina, una invasión de termitas subterráneas está royendo miles de casas, causando temor y confusión entre los residentes, quienes no saben cómo detener la destrucción.

Las termitas no eran consideradas un problema, hasta que fueron descubiertas inicialmente en el país en 1986, probablemente ingresadas desde los Estados Unidos a través del puerto de Valparaíso. Desde entonces las termitas se han extendido, cubriendo una superficie de más de 48 000 mil kilómetros cuadrados en los alrededores de Valparaíso y Santiago. (more …)

UF Termite Expert Helps Fight Destructive Pest In Chile’s Capital And Surrounding Areas

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Nan-Yao Su nysu@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6339
Renato Ripa (La Cruz, Chile) rripa@lacruz.inia.cl 56-33-312366
James Smith (Santiago, Chile) jsmith@terminator.cl 56-2-443-5488
Raul Valdez (Santiago, Chile) ambiente@lascones.cl 56-2-224-9765

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SANTIAGO, CHILE—In Santiago and other urban areas near the sprawling capital of Chile, an invasion of subterranean termites is gnawing away on thousands of homes, causing fear and confusion among residents who don’t know how to stop the destruction.

Subterranean termites were not a problem until the pest was first identified in the country in 1986, probably introduced from the United States through the port city of Valparaiso. Since then, the termite has spread over 18,600 square miles in the region around Valparaiso and Santiago, and the problem has gone from bad to worse. (more …)

The Nature Conservancy And UF/IFAS Offer Training Program To Help Land Managers Protect Natural Areas In Florida

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Peter Colverson pcolverson@tnc.org, (352) 392-3210
Victoria Tschinkel vtschinkel@tnc.org, (850) 222-0199

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—To help meet the growing need for professionals who manage and protect important natural areas in Florida, The Nature Conservancy is offering a new training program in cooperation with the University of Florida.

The Natural Areas Training Academy — the result of a partnership between the non-profit, international conservation organization and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS — is designed for public and private resource managers. (more …)

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