Monthly Archives: October 2015

UF Horticultural Professor Receives NIFA Grant

UF Horticultural Sciences professor Danielle Treadwell is part of a team of UF IFAS researchers to receive a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant will fund the creation of the Southern Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Center to Enhance Produce Safety at UF.

This grant is part of a NIFA initiative to establish two comprehensive food safety training and education centers, as part of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Southern center will be lead by UF/IFAS and will help 15 other land-grant universities and three NGO’s to educate regional audiences on new FSMA regulations.

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New Varieties Produced by UF Horticulture Scientists Expand Blueberry Farming to South Florida

Three new blueberry varieties bred by University of Florida Horticulture scientist Jim Olmstead could allow Florida’s profitable blueberry production industry to extend to south end of the state. Olmstead, an associate professor of blueberry breeding and genetics, bred the Arcadia, Avanti, and Endura blueberry bushes specifically to push the current growing range for Florida farmers further south.

imagesUnlike most blueberry plants, these varieties are evergreen, meaning they don’t need to shed their leaves or go dormant in the winter. This allows Florida farmers to produce blueberries from late January to early March, when no one else in the country is able to harvest.

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UF Hort Scientists Featured on NPR

The work of UF horticulture scientists Drs. Robert Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul was recently featured on NPR’s Science Friday video series. They are being honored for their research with Arabidopsis, a tenacious weed that provides insight into how plants grow in extreme conditions. Ferl and Paul’s research aims to provide solutions to growing plants in the harsh environment of space and the increasingly volatile climate conditions here on earth.

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