UF/IFAS Extension helps Floridians ‘take charge’ of diabetes

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension helps Floridians ‘take charge’ of diabetes

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the U.S. — 9.3 percent of the population — and is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In Florida, 9.4 percent...

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Eating dairy cheese may protect against sodium-related health risks

by Marjorie S. by Penn State Consuming dairy cheese instead of other sodium-laden foods may actually protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers say the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in...

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Inherited taste perceptions may explain why some people eat too much salt

Nov 30, 16 Inherited taste perceptions may explain why some people eat too much salt

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by American Heart Association. Inherited differences in taste perceptions may help explain why some people eat more salt than recommended, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016. “Genetic factors that influence taste aren’t necessarily obvious to people, but...

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Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world

Nov 01, 16 Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world

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by Will Ferguson • Washington State University.  Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder has developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans. Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix twice as much nitrogen from the atmosphere as their natural counterparts, grow larger and produce up to 36...

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Native blue mistflowers offer dazzling color

By Norman Winter When I moved into my new house about this time last year, I was quick to notice my neighbor’s flowers across the street. I could see drifts of wonderful, tall, blue flowers coupled with the complementary orange of swirling Gulf fritillary butterflies. I knew immediately that my neighbor was a real gardener, as...

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Fruit Fly’s Genetic Code Revealed

Nov 01, 16 Fruit Fly’s Genetic Code Revealed

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By Jan Suszkiw An international team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other research organizations have sequenced the complete genome of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata. This pest attacks more than 260 fruit, vegetable and nut crops worldwide, causing billions of dollars annually in...

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UF/IFAS report: Florida agriculture, natural resources employment up 29 percent in 13 years

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Adequate Zinc Vital to Healthy Immune Response

Oct 03, 16 Adequate Zinc Vital to Healthy Immune Response

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By Rosalie Marion Bliss As cold and flu season nears, now is a good time to take stock of zinc intake, because adequate zinc is essential to immune response. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a group of older adults with relatively low blood zinc concentrations...

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UF/IFAS study: Bringing bugs to the classroom makes everyone smarter

Oct 03, 16 UF/IFAS study: Bringing bugs to the classroom makes everyone smarter

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Through a curriculum appropriately titled, “Bed Bugs and Book Bags,” students worldwide are learning how to identify bed bugs, where they hide out and much more. The program teaches how to prevent the insects, and a new University of Florida Institute of Food...

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UF/IFAS-led team finds faster, better way to detect salmonella in meat, chicken

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of scientists led by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers has found a faster and more precise way to detect salmonella in beef and chicken, a finding that could help prevent major illnesses. Salmonella is the lauding...

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Calving simulator offers training opportunity for cattlemen

By Clint Thompson The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving. What is to be expected when delivering a calf? What is...

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Flushing HLB out of Citrus Trees

By Dennis O’Brien A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist is providing citrus growers with much-needed guidance about the best times to use insecticides to control Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening. HLB has cost Florida citrus growers an estimated $1.3 billion since 2005. The disease is caused by a bacterium...

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Nutrition matters: Stress from migratory beekeeping may be eased by access to food

by North Carolina State University.  In the first large-scale and comprehensive study on the impacts of transporting honey bees to pollinate various crops, research from North Carolina State University shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespan. Some of these negative impacts may be reduced by moving bee...

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Proper sensor placement helps farmers optimize water use

Aug 31, 16 Proper sensor placement helps farmers optimize water use

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By Clint Thompson Knowing the best place to install soil moisture sensors in fields, and how many, helps farmers optimize their water use, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist Wes Porter. “Basically, what soil moisture sensors are giving us is a point reference in that...

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CAES graduate students take to the road to explore career opportunities

By Merritt Melancon Like many other young people, plant pathology graduate student Russell Ingram’s friends have an epic road trip planned for this summer. The difference is that instead of setting off for a music festival in the desert or visiting a beach, Ingram’s pals are hitting the road in search of jobs. About two-dozen...

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Finding Dory: UF/IFAS researchers find first-ever method to farm Pacific Blue Tang

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Finally, it may be possible for regular folks to find their own Dory, as researchers with the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory have successfully raised the Pacific Blue Tang in captivity. This is the first time that researchers have...

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Rapid, low-temperature process adds weeks to milk’s shelf life

Aug 02, 16 Rapid, low-temperature process adds weeks to milk’s shelf life

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by Purdue University. A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study. Bruce Applegate, Purdue associate professor in the Department of Food...

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Cinnamon may aid learning ability

 by Rush University Medical Center. Cinnamon is a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls. Eating the tasty household spice also might improve learning ability, according to new study results published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. The study by neurological scientists at Rush...

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Unlocking Cacao’s Fungal Foe

Aug 02, 16 Unlocking Cacao’s Fungal Foe

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By Jan Suszkiw U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have sequenced the frosty pod rot fungus genome. That advance could speed the development of cacao tree varieties that better withstand this costly blight. The fungus that causes frosty pod rot disease, Moniliophthora roreri, occurs in most cacao-growing countries of...

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Science Detectives Investigate a ‘Mitey’ Big Problem

By Jan Suszkiw U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are hot on the trail of a honey bee killer, and their detective work has taken them from hives in Tucson, Arizona, to those in Bismarck, North Dakota. Led by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) supervisory research entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the team is...

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