North Florida Research and Education Center Expands

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

Due to a high level of research possibilities in the Suwannee Valley area, another location has been added to the North Florida Research and Education Center. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center will become the North Florida Research and Education Center at Suwannee Valley (NFREC-SV), said Bob Hochmuth, assistant director of …

Potential for Commercial Vanilla Production in Southern Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By Alan Chambers Think about your favorite desserts like ice cream, cookies, cream-filled pastries and chocolate. These indulgences are the perfect end to an otherwise healthy meal, or a guilty snack when no one’s looking. Many of our favorite desserts include a common, yet irresistible, vanillin flavor extract from the “bean” of the vanilla orchid. Vanillin has enhanced the sensory …

Charcoal for Cleaner Soil

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

Charcoal is being used to help vegetable and specialty crop growers in Florida clean up excess herbicide residue in their fields. Ramdas Kanissery, assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, said when growers use herbicides, the materials can become trapped in the soil and cause harm to …

New UF Center Benefits Ag Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) researchers have come together to create a new center for research to help better benefit those in the agriculture industry. Diane Rowland, director for the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA), said the center was created to help researchers communicate and conduct research more effectively and to combat stress in agriculture. “[Stress in agriculture] includes what …

Folta Magnifies Teaching Message About Genetic Science for Farm Broadcasters

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

By Gary Cooper In the opening address at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention this week, Kevin Folta, chair of the University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Department, filled the room. His audience consisted of broadcasters who air farm news daily on hundreds of radio and television stations, as well as on online media properties throughout the country. Well …

Hops in the Southeast?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Locally produced beer flavors may be coming to brew near you. By Kevin M. Folta Wine is the deep-purple or pale-yellow liquid that resides in the stemmed, symmetrical glass, swirled and sniffed by those enjoying a solo glass or pairing it with a specific meal. Each type is consistent in broad characteristics, using age-old grape varieties, documented fermentation vessels and …

Artichokes: High-Profit Potential for Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Shinsuke Agehara Artichokes may look tough to eat, but they are a superfood in so many ways. They are immature, edible buds surrounded by layers of triangular petals. The edible portions consist primarily of the fleshy lower part of each petal and the large fleshy base, known as the “heart.” To enjoy the whole artichoke, you need to pull …

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Laurel Wilt: Quick-Moving Disease with Invasive Vectors

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Research, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, recently traveled to California to warn growers about laurel wilt. Laurel wilt is a devastating disease for avocados in Florida and now California. This fungal disease spreads from tree to tree quickly. If it is not caught early, it can destroy multiple trees in a matter of days. …