ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

Mar 01, 17 ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

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By Dennis O’Brien Kalāheo, Hawaii, Feb. 3, 2017—Alan W. Meerow, a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been awarded the 2017 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). This not-for-profit,...

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Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Mar 01, 17 Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Sandra Avant Fungus on fish eggs isn’t only an eyesore for the aquaculture industry, it’s also deadly to fish and expensive to treat. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found that copper sulfate kills fish egg fungus and is cheaper than current treatments. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists...

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AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

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WARREN RESEN – North American Travel Journalists Assn. This is a city that continues to amaze, entertain, and educate visitors even those who have previously visited. As a frequent visitor myself, I can attest to the fact that there is always something new happening in America’s oldest continuously occupied European city. Dori...

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THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING  “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

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By: Nancy Dale Dating back to the Egyptians some 5,000 years ago, humans have been keeping bees.  In those early days, humans observed wild bees flying from flower-to-flower depositing a yellow substance (pollen) and soon noticed that the flower ripened into fruits or vegetables.  Not only did early humans witness...

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UF/IFAS researcher: Cats, dogs teaming up is best way to keep rodents away

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cats and dogs may be longtime enemies, but when teamed up, they keep rodents away, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. That’s good news for farmers trying to keep rodents from eating their crops and for homeowners...

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Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

Mar 01, 17 Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu CEDAR KEY, Fla. — Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25. A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles...

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UGA ornamental plant breeder aims to bring a new brew to the U.S. – locally grown tea

Mar 01, 17 UGA ornamental plant breeder aims to bring a new brew to the U.S. – locally grown tea

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By Merritt Melancon Sweet tea may be the “house wine” of the American South, but very, very few of the tea leaves used in the thousands of gallons of tea Southerners drink every year is grown nearby. Despite experiments in tea farming in the Southern U.S. dating back to Colonial times, this temperamental cousin of the camellia...

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UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Credit: Courtesy James Cuda, UF/IFAS GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. A worldwide research team led by UF/IFAS...

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South Georgia cotton gin donates equipment to UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

Mar 01, 17 South Georgia cotton gin donates equipment to UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

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By Clint Thompson A south Georgia cotton gin is helping the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) harvest cotton more efficiently thanks to their donation of a cotton module builder and cotton boll buggy. Funston Gin, in Funston, Georgia, donated the two pieces of equipment, valued at $25,000,...

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Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

Mar 01, 17 Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

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By Sharon Durham Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists identified 8 spinach varieties that have low oxalate levels, which is sometimes linked to better health. Oxalic acid, or “oxalate,” is a naturally occurring plant chemical and in the human diet it’s been linked to kidney stone formation. It also can react with...

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Brussels sprouts a risky crop option for Georgia farmers

Feb 01, 17 Brussels sprouts a risky crop option for Georgia farmers

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s hot summers and warm early-fall temperatures – and the intensive labor required to grow and harvest Brussels sprouts – make growing the crop too risky for Georgia farmers. Although they are a cold-tolerant crop, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research has found that, in order to grow to...

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UF/IFAS Extension Baker County breaks ground on new teaching orchard

Feb 01, 17 UF/IFAS Extension Baker County breaks ground on new teaching orchard

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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...

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Plant berries now to create your own backyard blackberry patch

Feb 01, 17 Plant berries now to create your own backyard blackberry patch

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By Michael J. Wheeler At one time, an almost unlimited number of wild blackberries and dewberries – the blackberry’s trailing cousin – grew along fencerows and in abandoned fields. Many of these sites have been destroyed or now have “No trespassing” signs posted on them, but each spring I still see couples on roadsides...

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Hillsborough County pesticide collection aides farmers, protects environment

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When a pesticide is discontinued or banned by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, farmers may opt to store these products until they figure out how to dispose of them properly, says Stephen Gran, director of the University of Florida Institute...

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UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

Feb 01, 17 UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 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...

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New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Feb 01, 17 New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Posted by in Health & Farming, Scientific Studies

By Sandra Avant A new test kit, developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, could limit the spread of red imported fire ants. Since the red imported fire ant invaded the United States more than 85 years ago, it has infested 367 million acres. Each year, imported fire ants cost Americans $6 billion to control and...

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A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

Feb 01, 17 A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

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By: Nancy Dale Only 30 minutes west of Hobe Sound, there is a place of serenity where time stands still, where the visitor can return to silence beneath ancient bald cypress trees in the heart of the Barley Barber swamp at Indiantown.  The Treasured Land Foundation, a non-profit organization in Martin County, in partnership with...

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SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

Feb 01, 17 SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

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Capt. Jason Prieto: 813-727-9890 • Owner: Steady Action Fishing Charters steadyactionfishingcharters.com • captjasonp@gmail.com As we enter the end of a typical winter here in west central Florida you can expect to see some of the coldest temperatures of the year. With that being said we are also seeing one of the mildest...

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

Feb 01, 17 Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island Feb. 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island. Advance...

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Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

Feb 01, 17 Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

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By Norman Winter I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Georgia, not long ago and came across a few terrific-looking heuchera, or coral bells, which I had only seen previously for sale in garden centers. All heuchera species are native to the United States, including this Heuchera villosa, which is native to the Southeast from Arkansas to...

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