University of Florida lepidopterist Andrei Sourakov has spent his life’s work studying moths and butterflies. But it was his teenage daughter, Alexandra, who led research on how color impacts butterflies’ feeding patterns. The research shows different species exhibit unique foraging behaviors, and the study may be used to build more effective, species-specific synthetic lures for understanding pollinators, insects on which humans depend for sustaining many crops.
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The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans. That delicate mix is what is known as biodiversity, and the University of Florida is launching an initiative to study and protect it. ..Read More ⇒Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Researchers affiliated with USF have found that frogs can acquire resistance to a deadly fungus that has had a catastrophic effect on amphibians. ..Read More ⇒Tuesday, July 22, 2014
UM Rosenstiel School and Abess Center-led study provides new information for shark conservation efforts. ..Read More ⇒Monday, July 21, 2014
In its first dozen years of operation, the University of Florida’s Tech Connect program has helped launch 157 technology-based startup companies that in turn generated more than $1 billion in private funding, $530 million in public funding and 2,000 new jobs, according to a report released today. ..Read More ⇒Monday, July 21, 2014
A Florida-based company, in partnership with UCF researchers, has developed an innovative technology that will reduce fossil fuel usage in commercial trucks, potentially saving fleet owners more than $2 million a year while reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. ..Read More ⇒
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