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UF/IFAS Spotlights: Pauline Lawrence, career entomologist and champion of graduate education

As the first black female graduate student and one of fewer than five full time registered female graduate students in Entomology in 1969-72, Pauline Lawrence became keenly aware that field and extension experiences were not readily available. However, her involvement in the Ministry of Agriculture in Jamaica, coupled with field trips (part of the Entomology department’s coursework) to the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, Florida, reinforced the value of incorporating academic and fieldwork into her graduate experience. Read more


Researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

By Vegetable Growers News Sep 18, 2020

Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers.He worked directly with small growers to give them a competitive edge in selling their products to established chains and to developing access to new markets. He did this by conducting research on specific crops traditionally grown in those local markets. That research led to insights on consumer preferences for new crop varieties and uses, innovative and environmentally-conscience sustainable production methods, and enhanced access into various markets


UF/IFAS Researchers Make Strides in Saving Florida Avocado Industry (Southeast Produce Weekly)

As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt.



Vanilla can thrive in the Florida Keys

By Sara Matthis 

It’s deceptively simple to start a vanilla vine: Chop off a piece, lay it in the right potting soil and it will start to grow. In fact, the plant thrives in the Keys’ tropical environs. How to pollinate the flowers and nurture the seeds to maturity is a little bit more complicated.

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Sample Profitability and Cost Estimates of Producing Sweet Flavored Carambola (Averrhoa carambola) in south Florida.

This 7-page fact sheet written by Fredy H. Ballen, Aditya Singh, Edward A. Evans, and Jonathan H. Crane and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department reports the costs and returns of operating an established sweet-flavored carambola grove in south Florida. It is intended to provide a reference to help estimate the financial requirements of running an established grove. Information was collected through field interviews with growers and industry specialists about a wide range of production practices used on small farms of five acres or fewer.

UF/IFAS Tropical REC still recovering 25 years after Hurricane Andrew Hernando Sun-Aug 23, 2017

UF/IFAS Tropical REC still recovering 25 years after Hurricane Andrew

Hernando Sun-Aug 23, 2017
To this day, the 25th anniversary of Andrew, Crane gets emotional reminiscing about the frightening night that tore up his home and much of Homestead, including the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), where he still works as a tropical fruit Extension specialist. “It's hard to talk about ...

UF/IFAS Experts Available for 2017 Hurricane Season

Newswise (press release)-Jun 1, 2017
Hurricane effects on Florida agriculture: Jonathan Crane, a professor and tropical-fruit crop specialist at UF's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, has studied how hurricanes affect Florida agriculture. His research covers damage to fruit crops and to grove infrastructure such as irrigation ...

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Can Avocados Be Saved from Deadly Laurel Wilt Disease?

Growing Produce-Aug 3, 2017
In particular, faculty from the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead paid a visit to the Golden State to speak at a series of seminars on laurel wilt. “The information we will provide may help their scientists, regulatory agencies, and producers prepare for the potential introduction of ...

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Beetle Battle Burgeoning for South Florida Avocado Growers

Growing Produce-Apr 20, 2017
To find out just how many species of ambrosia beetle transmit the fungus that causes laurel wilt (Raffaelea lauricola), Randy Ploetz, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Professor based at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, and his colleagues collected hundreds of beetles. They put ...


Avocados galore at Little White House

Florida Keys Weekly-Aug 14, 2017
“The University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center under the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is helping us with this project. Our goal is to find the exact variety of avocado and age of the tree.” Originally Navy property that dates back to 1890, the historic site Little White House ...

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The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry ...

Science Daily-Apr 12, 2017
To serve as a “vector,” the insect must interact with the tree and the pathogen, and that interaction is hard to study, said Ploetz, a faculty member at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. Ploetz and his colleagues collected hundreds of beetles. Then they put them ...

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A 100-year-old tree stands in a Miami yard. Is it the 'granddaddy of ...

Miami Herald-Jun 29, 2017
His father, Carl — the late professor emeritus at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, a consultant for 22 countries — took him to visit it. Together, they created a clone from that branch of the original Haden and planted it at the Fairchild Farm, where it remains for ...
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Creating the fruit that's unique to Miami

Miami Herald-Mar 8, 2017
UF/IFAS is all over the state, but with the support of local legislators it has invested a great deal in scientists, labs and other buildings at the Tropical Research and Education Center in the past two years. Now the center's researchers can work harder than ever to develop new twists on your old favorites, ...

Don't freak out, but 9 Florida beetle species carry a fungus deadly to ...

Orlando Weekly (blog)-Jun 1, 2017
Daniel Carrillo, an entomology assistant professor and colleague of Ploetz's at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, found over 14 different ambrosia beetles may infest avocado trees, and he is studying these beetles to identify key players in the spread of this disease and ...
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