Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Polston Lab ‘Recruits’ Insects as Allies for Plants in Food Security Project

A University of Florida (UF) lab spearheaded a campaign to recruit insects as allies that can aid in reducing plant stress to enhance food security. The initial 12-month “recruiting” effort by Jane Polston, a professor of plant pathology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, successfully completes the first of three phases of a scheduled four-year project under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Insect Allies program.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Pheronym Awarded $500,000 Multi-Institutional Grant by USDA

Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company based in Alachua, Florida, and Davis, California, has been awarded a $500,000 USDA multi-institutional research grant to further develop its breakthrough pesticide-free pest control technology. ..

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Results-Sharing Workshop Paves Way for Scaling Dairy Innovations in Nepal

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, an initiative managed by University of Florida (UF) and International Livestock Research Institute, hosted a results-sharing workshop in March in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The two projects presented, which are nearing completion, focused on disease control and development of a ration balancing tool for livestock. ..

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Defying Gravity: UF/IFAS Researcher to Experiment with Algae in Space

A University of Florida (UF) scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.  Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture carbon, and in turn, help support animal and plant life in space, said Mark Settles, a UF professor of horticultural sciences. ..

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers?  Faculty members at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, are trying to connect the genetic and physiological dots to help South Florida farmers eventually grow vanilla. ..

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
UF: Team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavor

What’s wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavor, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes.  ..

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
UF to hop into hops varieties for microbreweries

Scientists with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will work with a $158,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to develop a viable hops crop. Hops, which have a long history of use in Chinese herbal medicine, are currently used to make beer. ..

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
UF researchers learn how to keep pathogens, pests from traveling with grain

University of Florida researchers say new research can help grain handlers and grain inspectors find key locations for pathogens and pests along rail routes in the United States and Australia. ..

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
UF researchers develop machine to count dropped citrus, identify problem areas in groves

As citrus greening continues to impact Florida’s groves, growers have found that they need a way to quickly and accurately count the amount of fruit dropped early to help identify problem areas, which will save time and money.  ..

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Friday, August 07, 2015
UF/IFAS researchers turn seed into jet fuel for Navy and crops into cash for farmers

Imagine jet fuel made from a crop that’s renewable, brings in income and can feed cattle. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have found a way to turn mustard seed into a winning solution for farmers and the United States Navy.  ..

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