UF/IFAS Findings Could Help Prevent Crop-Killing Pathogen from Coming to U.S.

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Erica Goss, 352-273-4650, emgoss@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States. These findings may provide further evidence to help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues …

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. “I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb,” said Smith.“I also talked about BluGuard, which is …

Exobasidium and Rust Management in Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently discussed exobasidium and rust management in blueberries. Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease in blueberries. It will first appear in the spring as light green spots on the leaves. The disease will be evident on the fruit once it changes color. The spots on the fruit will …

Distract Pests from Attacking Crops

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Ayanava Majumdar, a vegetable entomologist at Auburn University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the benefits of trap crops to fend off pests. Trap crops are decoy crops that distract pests before they can attack production crops. The trap crop can be the same species as the main crop, or it could be completely different. …

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Breaking Ground on New UF/IFAS Teaching Orchard

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By: Samantha Grenrock If you want to know how best to prune a fruit tree or even how to plant one, Alicia Lamborn can do more than just tell you—she can take you out back and show you. Lamborn, a horticulture agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Baker County, recently received a $500 …

UF/IFAS Celebrates Arbor Day with Research, Extension Activities, Including Tree Giveaways

Josh McGill Environment, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck As Florida Arbor Day approaches on Jan. 20, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and research faculty are holding special commemorations and studying how to ensure trees help our environment and economy. “Arbor Day is a great time for everyone to be reminded of the importance of trees and forests in their everyday …