UF/IFAS Extension Faculty Win Seed Money Through New Shark Tank-Style Program

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Source: Nick Place, 352-392-1761, nplace@ufl.edu Hannah Carter, 352-392-1041, hscarter@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Facial recognition software is no longer a thing of the future. But what if similar technologies could one day help farmers identify pests in the field? Steve Futch, multi-county citrus agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, …

Four with UF/IFAS Ties to Be Inducted into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

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Jan. 30, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) alumni, a producer who worked with UF/IFAS Extension and UF/IFAS Research and a contributor to the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation will be inducted into …

Causes and Prevention of Orange Felt in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke on the significance of orange cane blotch in blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Orange cane blotch, or orange felt, is an algal disease that mostly affects coastal plain regions of the Southeast. Orange felt occurs in hot and humid environments, making it a …

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 Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Harry Klee, 352-392-8249, hjklee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 26, 2017 — Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.   In a study published today in the …

Students Have Unique Opportunity with HM. Clause and ASTA

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The Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference on January 29–30 will be hosting the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Challenge 2050 Project. A group of 25 students have been selected to attend the conference. “They are being sponsored by HM. Clause, a large vegetable seed company here in the U.S. and globally,” says Andy LaVigne, president and CEO …

Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

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Dan Egel, an Extension vegetable pathologist at Purdue University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about issues with Fusarium wilt in watermelon transplants. He also discussed his yearly greenhouse trial on watermelon and Fusarium wilt. Since watermelon need long, hot growing seasons, growers may choose to start the watermelon’s growth indoors in the spring to ensure …

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

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Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year’s conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference’s second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at different approaches Disney takes …