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UF/IFAS scientists host next ‘STEPS’ toward phosphorus sustainability with national think tank in South Florida

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for food security and human survival, and it is an element that cannot be replenished. That is why using...

UF research: Proper grazing-land management can increase soil carbon storage, but more research needed

Soil can store carbon, reducing greenhouse gas concentrations from the atmosphere, and managing grazing lands in the best ways can increase their ability to provide these important ecosystems services. But insufficient research into how to...

Graduate students win regional awards for nutrient management research

Producers know the importance of proper nutrient management for productive crop development. They also know that the right fertilizer in the right amount, place, and time, along with appropriate water management, should have minimal impact on the...

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April 23, 2024, Citrusy Industry News, Covering the Basics of Summer Cover Crops
April 18, 2024, Tampa Free Press, UF/IFAS Scientists Host Next ‘STEPS’ Toward Phosphorus Sustainability
March 28, 2024, Tampa Bay Times, Here’s a look at Tampa Bay’s reclaimed water, and the future of reuse
March 15, 2024, WQCS Radio, Postdoctoral Researcher Recognized for Leadership in Management and Mentorship
March 1, 2024, Morning Ag Clips, Free Soil Health Testing for Florida Ranchers 
February 29, 2024, WUFT, Guardians of the Florida coast
February 15, 2024, NPR, Hurricane Idalia shows nature may provide the best shoreline protection
February 9, 2024, HortiDaily, UF/IFAS scientists address food security in the Caribbean
January 24, 2024, WGCU Radio, Study: Retention ponds emit carbon dioxide, methane into environment
January 24, 2024, South Central Florida Life, Flooding, groundwater rise can have impact on septic systems
January 24, 2024, Morning Ag Clips, NIFA Leader Visits UF/IFAS, Sees Innovative Research in Action
January 23, 2024, South Central Florida Life, Timing of fertilizer ordinances impacts water quality
January 4, 2024, Morning Ag Clips, New Ph.D. Wants to Gift the World With the Ability to Produce Food in Sandy Soils
December 2023, CSA News, New Insights Into Curbing Plant Uptake of PFAS from Biosolids
December 7, 2023, Levy Citizen, A 2023 hurricane season success story
November 2, 2023, American Society for Microbiology News, Investigators Examine Shifts in Coral Microbiome Under Hypoxia
June 19, 2023, Citrus Industry News, Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health
May 26, 2023, Citrus Industry News, Questions Remain on Cover Crops and Compost
April 7, 2023, Bradenton Herald, Can probiotics cure FLs ailing coral reefs
September 28, 2022, Lake Okeechobee News, Study shows fertilizer ordinances improve water quality
September 14, 2022, Immokalee Bulletin, Nearly half of global septic systems work inadequately
September 8, 2022, Fort Pierce Hometown News, University of Florida studying stormwater pond benefits
July 7, 2022, Smithsonian Magazine, The Key to Saving Seagrass?
July 7, 2022, Hardee County Herald-Advocate, Ona Youth Field Day
April 25, 2022, WJXT-TV, A surprising climate change contributor: retention ponds that reduce flooding
April 24, 2022, Naples Daily News, Scientist sees soil as the basis for life
April 18, 2022, Naples Daily News, New scientist to help understand benefits of grazinglands on water quality
April 11, 2022, Citrus Industry News, Phosphorus Recommendations and Soil pH Amendments
March 24, 2022, Boca Raton Tribune, UF/IFAS Scientist Shares How Love for Learning Led to Lifetime of Teaching, International Work
March 21, 2022, Tampa Free Press, University Of Florida Scientists Receive Grant To Study Fumigation Impacts On Soil Health
March 21, 2022, WGCU-FM, University of Florida graduate student stands out at Orlando climate change conference
March 11, 2022, WCJB-TV, UF researcher finds that newer retention ponds release more carbon into the air than older ones
March 9, 2022, ScienceDaily, Florida's 76,000 stormwater ponds emit more carbon than they store
March 3, 2022, Northwest Florida Daily News, Liza Jackson Park getting innovative 'reef prisms' to reduce erosion, attract sea creatures
March 1, 2022, The Palm Beach Post, Rising seas: Florida farmers, vulnerable to salt, should seek sustainable methods
February 21, 2022, Tampa Bay Times, What rising sea levels mean for agriculture in South Florida
February 17, 2022, Okeechobee News, Internationally acclaimed scientist to lead Everglades research
January 27, 2022, WUFT-FM, Gainesville sets sights on zero waste initiatives
January 10, 2022, Southeast AgNet Radio Network, Fertility Recommendations for Citrus Discussed at Conference
November 21, 2021, Morning Ag Clips, UF citrus faculty secure federal funding in ongoing fight against citrus greening
November 16, 2021, Morning Ag Clips, UF/IFAS awarded grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry, water quality initiatives
November 15, 2021, National Geographic, A deadly disease is wiping out coral in Florida and the Caribbean
November 10, 2021, Fox13-Tampa Bay, Grasshopper altered woman’s career path, leading her to become an expert on Florida’s water quality
September 30, 2021, WUSF, A Red Tide Algae Study That Focuses On Tampa Bay Nutrients Gets Financial Backing
September 30, 2021, Water and Wastes Digest, Research on algae bloom nutrients in Florida gets funding
September 27, 2021, WUFT, Florida Ranks Second In Government-Sold Homes In Flood Zones
September 17, 2021, Citrus Industry News, Irrigation and Nutrient Management BMPs
September 16, 2021, Okeechobee News, UF/IFAS scientists join effort to advance phosphorus sustainability
September 14, 2021, Morning Ag Clips, UF/IFAS scientists tapped to work on NSF center to advance phosphorus sustainability
September 8, 2021, VSCNews, UF/IFAS Studying Phosphorous in Tomatoes, Potatoes
August 17, 2021, Citrus Industry Magazine, Optimizing Macronutrients and Micronutrients
August 15, 2021, Fort Myers News-Press, The dirt on soil
August 5, 2021, Immokalee Bulletin, A soil microbiologist tells us the hidden treasures under the earth
July 30, 2021, Citrus Industry Magazine, Cover Crops Promising, but...
June 28, 2021, Citrus Industry Magazine, Effect of Nutrients on Canopy Response and Yield
June 18, 2021, Science Friday, What Can Crayfish Tell Us About Drugs In Our Waterways?
June 17, 2021, Smithsonian Magazine, Crayfish Exposed to Antidepressants Are More Adventurous
June 16, 2021, The Guardian, Crayfish behave more boldly after exposure to antidepressants
June 15, 2021, National Geographic, Antidepressants in waterways may make crayfish bolder, increasing risk of predation
June 9, 2021, The Free Press, Robots May Eventually Help Kill Weeds That Impede Strawberry Yield
May 26, 2021, Hernando Sun, UF research aims to help reduce nitrogen flow into Tampa Bay
May 25, 2021, WLRN-FM, New Study To Determine Which Source Of Nutrient Pollution Most Feeds Red Tide In Tampa Bay
May 10, 2021, Growing America, Federal Grant Funds UF/IFAS Soil Health and Citrus Study
April 28, 2021, Growing Produce, Can You Dig It? Citrus Soil Health Study Gets $500K in Backing
April 22, 2021, WCJB-TV, Researchers plant eelgrass for Earth Day
April 22, 2021, WJCT-FM, Water Pollution (segment begins at 34 minutes)
April 20, 2021, Morning Ag Clips, Don’t forget to test your soil
April 6, 2021, WFTS-TV, Drinking water for Manatee County residents will not be affected by the issues at Piney Point
April 6, 2021, WMNF-FM, Manatee commission okays pumping water from Piney Point gyp stack underground
April 5, 2021, News Nation, Crews race to drain Florida wastewater reservoir on brink of collapse (video-Dr. Ashley Smyth)
April 5, 2021, WCJB-TV, University of Florida professor thinks Piney Point Reservoir-like leak unlikely in Gainesville
March 25, 2021, Fort Myers News-Press, Are stormwater ponds as effective as we think?
March 17, 2021, Morning Ag Clips, UF scientists to probe downstream ecological impacts of stormwater ponds
March 12, 2021, Citrus Industry Magazine, Field Trials for Cultivar Evaluation; Soil and Root Health
March 10, 2021, WUSF, The Science Behind 'Carbon Farming' To Combat Global Warming
March 5, 2021, All At Sea, Sargassum Weed – Scientists Research Turning it From Trash to Treasure
March 4, 2021, Gainesville Sun, Three female UF scientists featured on CBS's 'Mission Unstoppable' this month
March 2, 2021, Brevard Business News, Shellfish may improve quality in north Florida estuary
January 9, 2021, CBS Mission Unstoppable, How Oysters Keep Oceans Clean
December 27, 2020, Floriday Today, Transplanted 'super clams' thrive, sparking hope of cleansing gunked-up Indian River Lagoon
December 3, 2020, Growing America, UF Citrus Faculty Highly Sought After as Research Partners in Fight Against Greening
November 13, 2020, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, King tides are back this weekend. If you’re wondering what they are, here’s some background
November 13, 2020, Citrus Industry Magazine, Harnessing the Power of Soil Microbes
October 1, 2020, Hometown News Brevard, Some climate change questions answered
September 29, 2020, Growing America, Local UF Professor Garners Third Professorship Award
September 22, 2020, Growing Produce, Cover Crops at the Center of Search for Sustainable Ag Solution
September 17, 2020, Growing America, New NIFA-Funded Research to Examine Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Production Systems
August 6, 2020, Lake Okeechobee News, UF studies phosphorus in EAA farm runoff
July 13, 2020, Florida Today, Can toughest 'Darwinian' clams cleanse Indian River Lagoon?
July 12, 2020, Tampa Bay Times, A community approach to protect water quality
June 22, 2020, Citrus Industry Magazine, Citrus Professor Awarded by UF/IFAS Extension Peers
June 4, 2020, Fort Myers News-Press, Fertilizer ordinances across Southwest Florida hope to curb nutrient pollution, stop algae blooms
June 2, 2020, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Guest Editorial: Summer storms mean runoff
May 29, 2020, Southeast Produce Weekly, UF/IFAS Research Adapts To COVID-19 Era
May 21, 2020, The Florida Alligator, Bored during quarantine? Try going green
May 21, 2020, Growing America, What happens After You Flush (toilets/septic systems)
May 18, 2020, WUFT, Out of Sight, Still a Blight
May 15, 2020, HortiDaily, UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
May 1, 2020, The Packer, Updated citrus nutrition guide helps growers deal with greening
April 26, 2020, Growing Florida, Waiting to Fertilize Your Bahiagrass Pasture?
April 9, 2020, Citrus Industry News, Irrigation Management Advice for HLB Trees
March 30, 2020, Growing America, UF Plant and Soil Diagnostic Labs Essential to Florida Agriculture, Economy during COVID-19
March 27, 2020, Citrus Industry News, Irrigation Management for Young Citrus Trees
March 25, 2020, Growing America, Water scientists to virtually connect with pre-K to high school students through Facebook Live
Feb. 28, 2020, VSC News, UF Water Institute Symposium Addresses Complex Issues
Feb. 13, 2020, Growing America, Citrus Producers Utilizing Screen Structures to Minimize Greening
Feb. 11, 2020, Bay News 9, UF Scientists Encourage Women to Pursue STEM on International Day of Women in Science
Feb. 10, 2020, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland, The drugs which end up in our sewers, drains, and rivers
Jan. 31, 2020, Herald News (Klamath Falls, OR), Science of Soil: KBREC welcomes new agronomist
Jan. 28, 2020, The Business Report, UF Online Programs See New Gains in 2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Jan. 14, 2020, Citrus Industry Magazine, Eco-Mowing Is Part of Cover Crop Research
Jan. 1, 2020, Citrus Industry Magazine, Soil, Cover Crops, and Compost
Dec. 13, 2019, Newswise, An Urbanized Florida Means More Stormwater Ponds, Invasive Plants
Dec. 3, 2019, Pensacola News Journal, UWF, UF researchers will study issues facing Northwest Florida estuaries
October 21, 2019, Progressive Farmer, Climate Answers in the Soil
October 21, 2019, Brevard Business News, NEW UF-led study finds bacterial similarities among diseased coral species (page 10)
October 7, 2019, Citrus Industry News, Graduate Students Play Big Role in Research
August 29, 2019, Science News for Students, Mystery disease is killing Caribbean corals
August 19, 2019, Southeast AgNet Radio Network, UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss
August 13, 2019, Crestview News Bulletin, It all depends on soil pH
July 24, 2019, Global Engage, Improving Crop Production Through Understanding the Soil Microbiome
July 17, 2019, WUFT, Sandy Soil And Rising Seas Spell Septic Tank Disaster In Florida
July 13, 2019, WINK-TV, UF scientists test SWFL soil to help farmers
July 8, 2019, Southeast AgNet Radio Network, Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth
July 6, 2018, ABC7 Chicago, Water bottle warning: Can you start a fire if you leave bottled water in your car?
June 26, 2019, Vice News, The Everglades Is on Fire, But It’s Actually Fine
May 31, 2019, Florida Alligator, UF researchers use compost to reduce water usage
April 15, 2019, WUFT TV, Compost Study at Fred Cone Park
April 5, 2019, Marco Eagle (Marco Island, FL), UF scientists identify project that could help Marco waterways
March 27, 2019, Tampa Bay Times, Column: The Spirit of World Water Day, Every Day
February 25, 2019, Florida Alligator, 68 countries, one mission: UF professor studying soil to fight world hunger
February 15, 2019, WFSU News, UF Researchers Say People Are Moving Away From Lakes And Rivers
February 14, 2019, UF News, "My Dream Is For Food Security Worries To Be Something Of The Past"
January 2, 2019, Citrus Industry News, Manage Soil pH and Nutrition for HLB
December 11, 2018, Growing Produce, Growing Under Cover a Big Deal for Florida Citrus
December 4, 2018, The Packer, Florida conference to reveal citrus grower research
November 5th, 2018, Florida Trend, $3.5 Million USDA Grant Could Help Florida's Grapefruit Industry
October 26th, 2018, Gainesville Sun, Scientists hope to turn algae into marketable goods 
October 16th, 2018, UF News, Meet some of the UF students working to feed the world
September 9th, 2018, Gainesville Sun, Six UF/IFAS students receive NSF research fellowships
July 30th, 2018, The Clewiston News, New chief agricultural scientist chosen for SW Florida
July 9th, 2018, NewsDeeply, How Much Water Do Coho Salmon Need?
May 15, 2018, Gainesville Sun, Retired UF professor receives France's highest honor
January 31, 2018, Florida Alligator, A disease is killing Florida's oranges. UF researchers received millions to stop it
January 14, 2018, Gainesville Sun, Study finds nitrates not only problem affecting springs
January 5, 2018, The Apopka Voice, District and UF complete collaborative three-year investigation into Florida springs' health