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Introducing the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

The UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department is now the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES). ...

Columbia H.S. students explore UF Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology (BEST) Lab

Dr. Ann Wilkie, a research professor in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department, frequently welcomes groups to her Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology (BEST) Lab. Eager to share the work she and...

Researchers investigate summer cover crops in organic vegetable production

The use of cover crops between growing seasons can improve nutrient cycling and soil health among other things. Researchers in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department (SWS) conducted a study on the benefits of a summer ...


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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