How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

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Feb. 9, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Vance Whitaker, 813-633-4136, vwhitaker@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. The …

Strawberry Industry Participation Needed for Survey

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Dr. Sanjun Gu, an Extension horticulture specialist at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, recently spoke about his ongoing research and how growers can participate in the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative’s (NSSI) strawberry survey. There are 13 states currently participating in this nationwide survey, but Gu hopes to encourage more participation. The survey mainly focuses on the central and …

UF/IFAS Scientists: Commercially Grown Strawberries Are Not Genetically Engineered

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BALM, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this time. A UF/IFAS strawberry breeder says he’s often asked whether the fruit …

New Strawberry Varieties on the Horizon

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There are a few new strawberry varieties that have recently been released, and others that are expected soon from the University of Florida. Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, discussed what new varieties are being introduced in the Florida strawberry industry. “FL-127 originally was released under the name Florida Sensation,” says Parker. He says the FL-127 …