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University of Florida

UF/IFAS study finds food price system in U.S. working ‘pretty well’

Topic(s): Families and Consumers, Research

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Standing in the dairy aisle, hand on a gallon of milk, a consumer might wonder why reports of falling dairy prices aren’t reflected in a lower price on the milk he’s eyeing in his neighborhood grocery.

And in part, that consumer would be right: A new University of Florida study that examines 100 food commodities shows that price changes can take several months to be reflected at the consumer level.

But overall, the study showed that price-change signals are accurate, and more important, are not arbitrary, said Ronald Ward, an emeritus professor in agricultural marketing with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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UF/IFAS study finds light can change flavor, scent volatiles in plants and fruits

Topic(s): New Technology, Research

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There’s an old head-scratcher that asks whether the refrigerator light really goes out when you close the door.

The answer may be about to change.

Scientists have known for hundreds of years that plants respond to light in a variety of ways.

But the results of a new University of Florida study tell them how specific light wavelengths can manipulate volatile compounds that control aroma and taste in several high-value crops, including petunia, tomato, strawberry and blueberry.

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IFAS staff members receive productivity awards from UF

Topic(s): Announcements, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Staff with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were among the winners of this year’s Prudential Financial Davis Productivity Awards.

The awards luncheon, held in June at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center honored staff who have significantly increased productivity in their workplace. The awards program is a joint effort between Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100 and the State of Florida.

The two winners from UF/IFAS, out of the four recipients this year, were Maria Bernal, office manager with the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, and the IFAS Shared Services team.

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Recent studies by UF professor highlighted by scientific journal

Topic(s): Crops, Environment, Honors and Appointments, IFAS, New Technology, Research, Safety

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two papers co-authored by a University of Florida professor have been highlighted by a leading science journal.

The science journal Plant Physiology recently named the studies “Crop Genome Plasticity and Its Relevance to Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks” and “Evaluating the Potential for Adverse Interactions within Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks” as Editor’s Choice papers.

The papers were co-authored by Curtis Hannah, an professor with the horticultural sciences department, part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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UF study: Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries remain strong since recession

Topic(s): Agriculture, Aquaculture, Citrus, Crops, Cultivars, Economics, Forestry, IFAS, Livestock

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries provided a $104 billion impact on the state in 2011 and have continued to improve since the 2008 recession, according to a new University of Florida study.

The study is the latest report from researchers in UF’s food and resource economics department — part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences — on the industries’ economic contributions. It can be viewed here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FE/FE93500.pdf.

The industries include crop, livestock, forestry and fisheries production; agricultural product and service providers; food product manufacturing; forest product manufacturing; food distribution; mining and nature-based recreation.

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UF/IFAS expands Bee College to South Florida, including courses in Spanish

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Crops, Entomology and Nematology, Environment, Extension, IFAS, Vegetables

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida will host the first Bee College for South Florida this summer in Fort Lauderdale.

The event is coming to South Florida to meet demand there and will also feature courses taught in Spanish. Event registration is here: http://southfloridabeecollege.eventbrite.com/.

The two-day college will be held Aug. 16-17 at the UF Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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UF/IFAS study finds feelings run deep in goliath grouper debate

Topic(s): Conservation, Environment, Research

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Depending on one’s perspective, goliath grouper are either a conservation success story or a protected species that no longer needs help, according to a new survey from the University of Florida.

Atlantic goliath grouper, part of the sea bass family, were overfished from the 1960s through the 1980s and their numbers thinned until 1990, when a harvest moratorium was put into place in U.S. waters. As the name suggests, the slow-moving fish can reach 800 pounds and more than 8 feet in length. They’re found off Florida’s coasts, throughout the Caribbean and off West Africa.

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UF/IFAS debuts new gardening videos

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A new video series from the University of Florida tackles many common gardening questions with answers from experts with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The short video segments cover topics ranging from when and how to water your lawn to growing your own blackberries. They may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbnrETfHgIug6UuU-aAlevLinrq9wAIxT.

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