UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit Gets New Director

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  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A veteran of the has been named its permanent director, and he hopes to help faculty continue improving crops. James Boyer, who has worked at the unit for 17 years, was named interim director in May 2016. His appointment to the permanent post was effective April 7. Prior to that, he …

Consumers Will Normally Pay More for Organic Products – but Not Wine

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate student Lane Abraben, used an economic …

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the University of Florida Emerson Alumni …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

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Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …

Jet Fuel Crop on the Horizon

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Source: Patrick Troy Patrick Troy, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension regional specialized agent for row crops, is working on a biofuel research study that could lead to the production of jet fuel. “Fortunately, for the sake of farming, I think diversification is something that has happened with the movement in and out of different crops. Unfortunately, …

Tips for Efficient Nutrition Application

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Soil nutrients may not always be available in adequate amounts for optimal crop production. Supplying the necessary nutrients can boost crop production and help minimize the risk of loss of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Farmers are being encouraged to use best management practices (BMPs), and legislation is cracking down on the issue. Certain areas can be focused on to …

Florida Breweries Reap the Benefits of Local Hops

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Research on hops production in Florida has been on the rise. Hops could be a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. Production of Florida hops could not only benefit growers, but it could also benefit local beer breweries. Desiree Chubb, director of quality assurance at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke with AgNet Media about her involvement in …

UF Students Present Solutions to Global Issues at One World 2017 Competition

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By: Dana Edwards, 352-392-1963, dana.edwards@ufl.edu Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu Drew Carlton, 239-850-1995, drewcarlton1414@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will populate Earth. The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Challenge 2050 project aims to contribute solutions to the challenges associated with this population rise, such as issues related to …