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University of Florida

UF/IFAS, Immokalee officials are working together to get residents moving and eating healthy

Topic(s): Extension, Families and Consumers, IFAS, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Children take part in Ciclovia Immokalee!

IMMOKOLEE, Fla. — Adelaida Rodriguez, 34, walked quickly along North 1st Street in Immokalee recently, keeping up with her three sons, ages 8, 6 and 4, as they rode their bikes to Ciclovia Immokalee!, what is becoming a monthly healthy living festival in the small, Southwest Florida town of about 24,000 people.

“I like to go just because it’s a good thing for the family to do,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s a good day to do family activities and be outdoors.”

One of the stops she and her sons made was at a booth measuring body mass index to make sure they were all within healthy weight ranges, which they were.

In a town known for poverty and migrant workers, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is working with local community agencies on Ciclovia Immokalee! to change area families’ health habits, including exercising more and making better choices in the foods they eat. (more …)

Larval competition between invasive mosquitoes impacts their adult survival

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With spring showers come Floridians’ least-favorite companion – the mosquito – and a team of researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has found in a recent study that larval competition between the Yellow Fever Mosquito and Asian Tiger Mosquito impacts adult survival, which may influence their ability to transmit dangerous diseases. (more …)

UF/IFAS hosting One World summit to address feeding the world’s growing population

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Corn crops being watered by a pivot irrigation system. UF/IFAS photo: Josh Wickham

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Professor Tony Andenoro is a determined man, bent on figuring out how to feed the world’s population when it grows to 9 billion people by the year 2050 – and he wants help in solving that problem through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Challenge 2050 Project and the upcoming One World summit at UF and via the web. (more …)

A banner year for UF/IFAS in 2014

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Families and Consumers, IFAS, Uncategorized
The University of Florida's historic College of Agriculture building.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida hired a new, land-grant-oriented president, brought on board preeminent faculty, celebrated Extension’s centennial, opened new facilities and made strides in fighting citrus greening.

Those actions top a brief list of accomplishments for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in 2014. Here are 10 achievements by UF/IFAS faculty, staff Extension agents and students: (more …)

UF/IFAS researcher helps to unravel mysteries of fungi biodiversity

Topic(s): Environment, IFAS, Research, Uncategorized
Fungi can be found most anywhere.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have long tracked the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies, studied the longevity of the redwoods and know how the melting of the ice caps is affecting polar bears. But, until now, it has been difficult to keep tabs on the poor, humble fungi – another of the world’s lesser-known, yet diverse groups of multicellular living creatures. And new research shows there could be a new variety living in your backyard. (more …)

UF/IFAS researchers build searchable database of non-native plants

Topic(s): Agriculture, Environment, Families and Consumers, Florida Friendly, Landscaping, Lawn & Garden, New Technology, Uncategorized
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ever wonder what that plant is in your yard that seems to be taking over? The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has a new website designed to help you figure it out.

Researchers with UF/IFAS’ Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants spent more than a year developing a searchable website and database to help Floridians assess problem— or just plain puzzling —non-native plants. (more …)

Endangered green sea turtle, ‘IFAS,’ recovering from surgery

Topic(s): Conservation, Extension, Uncategorized

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An endangered green sea turtle rescued last month in the lower Florida Keys was recovering today after surgery performed Friday to remove potentially life-threatening tumors from its eyes.

Shelly Krueger, a Florida Sea Grant agent who works with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Monroe County, was leading a group of Florida Master Naturalist students on a snorkeling trip at the Mote Marine Lab Center for Tropical Research’s coral nursery, in the lower Florida Keys when they discovered the turtle.

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Lauded science communicator Alison Van Eenennaam to give fall York lecture

Topic(s): Announcements, Uncategorized

Alison Van Eenennaam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For scientists to better communicate with the public, they’ll have to use more than their brains: they’ll need their hearts and souls as well, says Alison Van Eenennaam, who will present the fall 2014 York lecture.

Van Eenennaam, a Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, will give a talk called “GMO Technology: What do the facts say?” Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Emerson Alumni Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Report finds major food and ag employers can’t fill STEM jobs

Topic(s): Uncategorized

DES MOINES, Iowa — There’s a national shortage of young agricultural professionals, according to a report released today, which calls for industries and universities to work together to address the gap.

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences leaders embraced the report’s findings and pledged to continue close relationships with industry leaders who help them identify the skills and training graduates need for career success.

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UF/IFAS celebrates supporters in third annual Dinner of Distinction

Topic(s): Honors and Appointments, Uncategorized

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences honored some of its most ardent supporters at its annual Dinner of Distinction, held at the UF Hilton Conference Center Friday evening.

This was the third year for the awards banquet that recognizes individuals and organizations that support and advance UF/IFAS in its research, teaching and Extension efforts.

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