CAES plant pathology doctoral student working to maximize the productivity of Haitian farmers

Jul 06, 16 CAES plant pathology doctoral student working to maximize the productivity of Haitian farmers

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By Allison Floyd  When he started college, Abraham Fulmer didn’t know he’d study peanuts, work in international development or become fascinated with Haiti. But that’s where life led him. Fulmer, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,...

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Cancer-causing virus strikes genetically vulnerable horses

by Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarcoid skin tumors are the most common form of cancer in horses, but little is known about why the papillomavirus behind them strikes some horses and not others. A new study by an international research group led by scientists at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at...

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UGA, UF researchers use weather monitors to combat diseases in strawberry fields

By Sharon Dowdy University of Georgia and University of Florida (UF) researchers are using weather monitors to combat diseases in strawberry fields. The researchers are testing the Strawberry Advisory System (SAS) in Georgia strawberry fields. SAS, an app created, in part, by UF plant pathologist Natalia Peres, uses temperature and...

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Rural residents seek farmers markets, UF/IFAS study shows

May 02, 16 Rural residents seek farmers markets, UF/IFAS study shows

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu People who buy their produce from farmers markets love the freshness and nutritional value of the product. Not only that, rural residents seek out such markets more than urban residents, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. The latter...

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Mosquito may play key role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis in the Southeast

May 02, 16 Mosquito may play key role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis in the Southeast

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A mosquito species that’s very abundant in the Southeast may play a more significant role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis than originally thought, according to a University of Florida scientist. Nathan Burkett-Cadena, an assistant professor of...

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New device gives healing horses a lift

May 02, 16 New device gives healing horses a lift

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by University of Saskatchewan.  Researchers and engineers in Saskatchewan hope a robotic lift system will help to improve the odds for horses recovering from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries. “I think it will give a lot of horses a chance that before, didn’t have a chance,” said team leader Dr. Julia Montgomery, a...

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Natural insect control without pesticides

May 02, 16 Natural insect control without pesticides

Posted by in Agriculture, Health & Farming

by Entomological Society of America.  Scale insects known as cochineals are major pests of prickly pear in Mexico, and pesticides are often used to control them. However, one prickly pear farmer has been controlling them without the use of insecticides since the year 2000. The farmer tipped off a team of scientists from the...

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Multiple factors contributing to pollinator decline

Mar 31, 16 Multiple factors contributing to pollinator decline

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By Stephen Pettis With reports of declining monarch butterfly populations and honeybee deaths, the plight of pollinators and other beneficial insects has been headlining the news for months now. Many factors contribute to pollinator decline. Loss of habitat, loss of food source plants and the overuse of pesticides are all likely...

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Rabbits can be rascally foes in the garden

Mar 31, 16 Rabbits can be rascally foes in the garden

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By Frank M. Watson While rabbits may seem cute and fuzzy, the common rabbit or eastern cottontail can do considerable damage to flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs any time of the year in places ranging from suburban yards to rural fields and tree plantations. Controlling rabbits is often necessary to reduce damage, but complete...

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Lowering the Risk of Infection with Grapes

By Sandra Avant Eating grapes may help obese people decrease certain types of fats in their blood that are linked to heart disease and lower their risk of infection, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Susan Zunino, a molecular biologist with the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Western Human Nutrition...

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Tips from UGA Extension will keep you serving squash year-round

Mar 31, 16 Tips from UGA Extension will keep you serving squash year-round

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By Robert Westerfield To most Southern gardeners, fried yellow squash or grilled zucchini are staples on the table during the summer. Serving up homegrown winter squash in the fall is worthy of bragging rights. While normally easy to grow, the endless choice of varieties and numerous garden pests have made growing squash a little...

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FWC recognizes Helen Roth, Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 Helen Roth, a Gadsden County landowner, is the 2015 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized her Feb. 11 for the honor bestowed on her by the Florida Land Steward partnership and for her...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Successful Oriental Fruit Fly Eradication in Miami-Dade County

ontact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have successfully eradicated the Oriental Fruit Fly...

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Florida Forest Service Provides 10,000 Free Trees to Florida Homeowners

Feb 01, 16 Florida Forest Service Provides 10,000 Free Trees to Florida Homeowners

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In honor of Florida’s Arbor Day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Forest Service is providing 10,000 free trees to Florida homeowners through a partnership with the Arbor...

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Will grassland soil weather a change?

by American Society of Agronomy.  There’s more to an ecosystem than the visible plants and animals. The soil underneath is alive with vital microbes. They make sure nutrients from dead plant and animal material are broken down and made useable by other plants. This completes the process of nutrient cycling and carbon...

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Pigs that are resistant to incurable disease developed

Jan 05, 16 Pigs that are resistant to incurable disease developed

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 by University of Missouri-Columbia. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1987. Pigs who contract the disease have extreme difficulty reproducing, don’t gain weight and have a high mortality rate. To date, no vaccine has been effective, and the disease costs North American...

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Kissing bugs have been in Georgia for thousands of years and pose little risk

Jan 05, 16 Kissing bugs have been in Georgia for thousands of years and pose little risk

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By Nancy C. Hinkle  Over the last few weeks, many Georgians have focused their attention on the media-hyped coverage of the kissing bug. Much of the sensationalism and worry surrounding this insect boogieman is unwarranted, according to University of Georgia entomologists. While the bug is native to Georgia, it made headlines...

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Avian influenza outbreak is concern for poultry industry, not general public, UGA poultry expert says

By Brian Jordan Since Dec. 8, 2014, the United States has been dealing with an ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5. Wild waterfowl, migrating south from Canada along the Pacific Flyway, brought the virus to the U.S. While the HPAI H5 virus has caused some severe devastation for the U.S. commercial poultry...

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“Good” and “bad” bacteria in the fight against citrus greening disease

by Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. New research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the University of Washington finds that helpful bacteria living inside the insect that transmits the bacterial pathogen associated with citrus greening disease — -an outbreak that is...

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Solid Fats and Added Sugars in Foods

Dec 01, 15 Solid Fats and Added Sugars in Foods

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By Rosalie Marion Bliss A surprisingly high proportion of foods consumed in the United States contain some solid fats and added sugars, according to an analysis of U.S. food-consumption data. The study, which was based on an evaluation of food-intake data from a large sampling of the U.S. population, was led by U.S. Department of...

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