Potential for Commercial Vanilla Production in Southern Florida

Abigail 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.…

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…

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.…

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…

Hops in the Southeast?

Abigail 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…

Artichokes: High-Profit Potential for Florida

Abigail 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…

UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

Abigail Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control. Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food…