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University of Florida

E.T. York honored by Florida Student Association for lifetime service to higher education

Topic(s): CALS, Honors and Appointments

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source:
E.T. York etyork@ufl.edu, 352-392-0400

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — E.T. York has devoted most of his life to serving Florida’s university students, and this week the state’s leading college-student organization thanked him on behalf of several generations who benefited from York’s efforts.

The Florida Student Association presented the educator with its Ken Pruitt Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony Wednesday at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee. (more …)

UF report: Florida to have fewer dairy farms, higher milk production costs in 2007

Topic(s): Agriculture, Livestock, RECs

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Russ Giesy rgiesy@ufl.edu, 352-793-2728
Albert De Vries devries@ufl.edu, 352-392-5594

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s human population is growing but the state has fewer dairy farms and cows, according to University of Florida researchers, who say retailers may need to rely more on out-of-state milk in the summer and fall when local supplies run dry.

Milk prices are also expected to rise slightly this year, mostly due to increased demand, said Russ Giesy, a UF dairy extension agent in Bushnell. Giesy is co-author of Florida Dairy Farm Situation and Outlook, an annual report that compiles data from surveys of Florida dairy farmers on revenues, expenses and investments. The 2007 report was issued today. (more …)

Cultured coral could help repair damaged reefs, UF scientists say

Topic(s): Aquaculture, Conservation

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Craig Watson caw@ifas.ufl.edu, 813-671-5230
Lauri MacLaughlin lauri.maclaughlin@noaa.gov, 305-852-7717 ext. 27
Ryan Czaja rczaja@flaquarium.org, 813-273-4000 ext. 4237
Kathy Kilgore kjheym@ifas.ufl.edu, 813-671-5230 ext. 114
Christine Small Christine.Small@MyFWC.com, 850-410-0656 ext. 17285

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coral might be the slowest-growing crop ever farmed by the University of Florida, but researchers say damaged reefs could be repaired faster if they perfect methods to cultivate the marine organisms.

UF experts are raising seven species of coral at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, and next week they’ll dive to check the progress of farmed corals returned to the wild last year. (more …)

Potato farmers, scientists still fighting disease that devastated Ireland

Topic(s): Agriculture, Crops, Pests

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Chad Hutchinson cmhutch@ufl.edu, 904-692-1792
Pam Roberts pdr@ufl.edu, 239-658-3400

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each year, the world celebrates St. Patrick for ridding Ireland of snakes, but scientists are still trying to control an ecological menace that strikes the Emerald Isle’s best-known crop, says a University of Florida expert.

Late blight, a fungal-like disease responsible for the infamous Irish potato famine of 1845 to 1849, accounts for up to 10 percent of production costs for U.S. potato growers, said Chad Hutchinson, a UF horticulture associate professor. The disease strikes potato crops in temperate areas around the world. (more …)

UF researchers design folate-packed tomato

Topic(s): Agriculture, Crops, Cultivars, New Technology, Nutrition, Research, Vegetables

By:
Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

Source(s):
Andrew D. Hanson adha@ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext. 334
Jesse F. Gregory III jfgy@ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 225, http://www.hos.ufl.edu/meteng/1cpage1.html http://fshn.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/JFGregory/index.html

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Leafy greens and beans now aren’t the only foods that pack a punch of folate, the vitamin essential for a healthy start to pregnancy. Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed a tomato with a full day’s worth of the nutrient in a single serving.

“This is a technology that could potentially be beneficial worldwide,” said Andrew Hanson, the plant biochemist who developed the tomato along with fellow folate expert Jesse Gregory, doctoral degree student Rocío Díaz de la Garza and with funding from the National Science Foundation. “Now that we’ve shown it works in tomatoes, we can work on applying it to cereals and crops for less developed countries where folate deficiencies are a very serious problem.” (more …)

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