Stink Bugs a Growing Concern for Florida Tomato Producers

Jim Rogers Pests

By Clint Thompson Stink bugs are increasingly become problematic for Florida tomato growers. Not only must producers scout regularly to see if there are stink bugs in their fields, but they must also decipher what species is impacting their crops. That’s what makes controlling stink bugs such a challenge, says Amanda Hodges, an Extension scientist at the University of Florida …

AI-Enhanced System Detects Bruised Strawberries

Jim Rogers Research

Bruises in fruit can be caused by multiple factors: compression, impact or vibration during harvesting, transportation and packaging operations, said Xue Zhou, a doctoral student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Zhou works with Yiannis Ampatzidis, a UF/IFAS associate professor, and Won Suk “Daniel” Lee, a professor, both …

UF Research to Help Plants Cope with Parasitic Nematodes

Jim Rogers Research

Parasitic nematodes are responsible for about $125 billion in annual crop loss worldwide, and they can cause farmers to lose up to 80% of their tomato yield. “The situation with nematodes is exacerbated by an emerging concern in agriculture: the effect of warming nighttime temperatures. This unprecedented trend is causing critical challenges to crops,” said University of Florida Institute of Food …

UF/IFAS Researchers Discover Genes Responsible for Flavor Compounds in Strawberries

Jim Rogers Strawberry

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have found the genes behind several aromatic chemicals that enhance the strawberry’s taste. These findings will help UF/IFAS researchers Vance Whitaker and Seonghee Lee as they study the sources of the unique aroma in strawberries. The genes that control aroma and flavor are connected. “Finding the sources of a …

UF Students Present Solutions to Global Issues at One World 2017 Competition

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Dana Edwards, 352-392-1963, dana.edwards@ufl.edu Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu Drew Carlton, 239-850-1995, drewcarlton1414@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will populate Earth. The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Challenge 2050 project aims to contribute solutions to the challenges associated with this population rise, such as issues related to …