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University of Florida

UF research: Termite digestion findings could lead to new strategies for ethanol production, pest control

Topic(s): Biofuels, Entomology and Nematology, Research

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Michael Scharf, mescharf@ufl.edu, 352-392-1901, ext. 143
Faith Oi, foi@ufl.edu 352-392-1901, ext. 156
Brian Forschler, bfor@uga.edu, 706-542-4282

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As scientists search for alternatives to fossil fuel, producing chemical energy from wood fiber has become something of a Holy Grail – but termites have been working this alchemy for millions of years.

A University of Florida study published last month in the journal Gene sheds new light on the mysterious and complex process that enables the insects to eat cellulose, the main structural component of plant cells. For people and most animals, cellulose is indigestible, but termites break it down into glucose, a form of sugar most organisms need. (more …)

Less is more for label readers, UF research shows

Topic(s): Families and Consumers, Finances, Nutrition

By:
Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

Source(s):
Ron Ward rward@ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext. 402
Carlos Jauregui cej@ufl.edu

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Apparently, most grocery-store goers shop for what they don’t want.

Of course, they don’t want calories. But what about looking for the good stuff — the vitamins, nutrients, and other goodies listed on the side of the package? (more …)

Raghavan Charudattan appointed chairman of UF’s plant pathology department

Topic(s): Honors and Appointments

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
Raghavan Charudattan rcharu@ufl.edu, 352-392-7240 ext. 210

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Weed-control expert Raghavan Charudattan has been named chairman of the University of Florida’s plant pathology department.

Charudattan, who served as interim chairman since June, was ideal for the position because of his familiarity with the department and outstanding performance, said Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

New UF partnerships help solve growth management issues in Florida

Topic(s): Biofuels, Conservation, Environment, Florida Friendly, Green Living, Pollution

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Tom Ankersen ankersen@law.ufl.edu, 352-273-0835
Larry Arrington lra@ufl.edu, 352-392-1761
Jim Cato jccato@ufl.edu, 352-392-5870
Robert Jerry jerryr@law.ufl.edu, 352-392-9238
Pierce Jones ez@energy.ufl.edu, 352-392-8074

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GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Finding realistic and equitable legal solutions to a wide range of important growth management issues – especially those that affect agriculture, green space, water resources and energy – is easier thanks to a new partnership between the University of Florida’s Extension Service and UF’s Levin College of Law.

The Extension Service is now working closely with the Conservation Clinic, housed in the law college’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, to promote smart growth and sustainability solutions throughout the state. (more …)

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