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The world population is set to reach 10 billion by 2050, leading many to ask: will we have enough food to feed everyone?
“I’m an optimist,” said Pedro Sanchez, professor of tropical soils in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “If we can increase crop yields in the tropics, the outlook is good.”
Feeding the world is just one of many challenges Sanchez addresses in the new second edition of his
Above: Matt Whiles conducting research in the field.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Growing up in the Midwest, Matt Whiles learned quickly that the best place to find his favorite critters—insects, reptiles and amphibians—was around streams and wetlands. Water meant life.
Later on as a freshwater ecologist, he would study how plants, animals and people depend on that most critical substance. So it’s no surprise that Whiles feels
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Look at a map of any major city, and chances are you’ll find a river nearby. That’s no accident: people have historically lived close to waterways, using them for drinking water, agriculture and transportation.
But according to a recent study by a University of Florida researcher, since 1870, that trend has reversed in the United States. During this period, people moved farther away from rivers and toward another