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University of Florida

New consortium aims to promote better research to protect state’s forests

Topic(s): Conservation, Environment, Green Living

By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Taylor Stein tstein@ufl.edu, 352-846-0860
Mike Long longm@doacs.state.fl.us, 850-488-4274

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each day, Florida gains an average of 1,000 residents and loses more than 200 acres of forest—but University of Florida experts say rapid urbanization doesn’t doom the state to a treeless existence.

That rapid urbanization is the reason 10 public and private agencies are pooling resources to promote better, more comprehensive research and education programs aimed at keeping Florida’s forests healthy and abundant. (more …)

UF scientist develops turkey sausage to help feed hungry Haitian children

Topic(s): Families and Consumers, Nutrition

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Sally Williams williams@animal.ufl.edu, 352-392-2993
David Dinkins ddinkins@co.st-johns.fl.us, 352-904-0430
Char Farin char_farin@ncsu.edu, 919-515-4022
Bette Gebrian bette_haiti@hotmail.com,

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For millions of Americans, eating turkey is an essential part of the holidays, but for some Haitian children it represents a chance for a better life, thanks to University of Florida faculty members working to improve nutrition in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Sally Williams, an associate professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has developed a low-cost turkey sausage that’s being used in a charity program that feeds infants and toddlers from the poorest families in villages surrounding Jeremie, a city of almost 100,000 in southwest Haiti. (more …)

UF laboratory dedicated to a “super” friend

Topic(s): Announcements, Honors and Appointments

By:
Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

Source:
Jim Jones jimj@ufl.edu, 352-392-1864 ext. 289

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The word “super” will forever be synonymous with Room 288 of the University of Florida’s Frazier Rogers Hall—now known as the McNair Bostick Simulation Lab.

In a ceremony Friday afternoon, the lab was dedicated to Welch McNair Bostick III, a doctoral student in UF’s agricultural and biological engineering department who, friends say, will be remembered not only for his stellar research, but more so for a personality that made him the cornerstone of his academic community. (more …)

UF extension officials say cranberry substitute is so easy to grow, anyone can do it

Topic(s): Agriculture, Crops, Cultivars, Nutrition

By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Al Ferrer ajferrer@ufl.edu, 407-665-5558
Jim Hunter 407-695-2930

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s related to okra, is officially a hibiscus and tastes a lot like cranberry.

University of Florida extension officials say this Southern-style cranberry substitute is so easy to grow, just about anyone can do it. And if that’s not enough, it’s an attractive ornamental plant that boasts green leaves, delicate off-white flowers and red stems and would boost any garden—even if you don’t use it to make a spicy Thanksgiving beverage, cranberry-style sauce, wine or jelly. (more …)

Bedbugs begone! UF fumigation school teaches low-cost control method

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Rudolf Scheffrahn rhsc@ufl.edu, 954-577-6312
Brian Cabrera bcabrera@ufl.edu, 954-577-6363
Michael Potter mpotter@uky.edu, 859-257-2398
Richard Cooper, http://www.cooperpest.com/bedbugs/bedbugs002.htm

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bedbugs are back, so University of Florida experts are helping revive an old method that makes it easier – and less expensive – for pest control operators to fight the blood-sucking insects.

Portable enclosures such as small trailers and closed-bed trucks can serve as fumigation chambers to treat bedding, furniture and other household items, said Rudolf Scheffrahn, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF’s Hastings demonstration facility gets help from local jail inmates

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Scott Taylor staylor@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-317-6844
Frank Cyr fcyr@sjso.org, 904-824-8304

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Inmates at one northeast Florida county jail aren’t just serving time, they’re serving the community, working at a University of Florida facility that’s boosting local agriculture.

Men and women sentenced to short terms in the St. Johns County Jail are volunteering at UF’s Hastings Demonstration Unit, which conducts extension and research projects aimed at local farmers. This week a crew is renovating facilities in downtown Hastings; previously, inmates helped faculty members plant and harvest potatoes. (more …)

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