Restaurant Customers value sustainability in seafood and are willing to pay more for it, UF Researchers say.

Highlights Consumers prefer seafood entrees more transparent information at casual and fine dining restaurants. Country of origin was unimportant, showing customer choices at restaurants differ from those made at grocery stores. Consumers prioritized sustainability and would pay more for less expensive species if they were sourced sustainably. UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) postdoctoral associate…

AI helps detect watermelon disease quickly, accurately

If you savor a juicy watermelon in the scorching summer heat, Florida farmers toil to meet your tastes. The Sunshine State leads the nation in watermelon production. But, like all farmers, those who produce watermelons seek ways to control diseases, so they don’t lose all or part of their crops. The needs of growers drive Yiannis…

Spots on Your Plant Leaves? It May Be Algae!

Every summer we get a flood of emails and samples from residents who have problems with spots on their plant’s leaves. Florida summertime weather is perfect for fungi and a variety of insects who may be to blame for this problem. Sometimes herbicides can drift in the breeze and cause spotting on leaves. But every…

More rain events mean more mosquitoes

As we move more into summer months, Florida’s rainy season is in full swing.  These rain events could be hurricane or severe storm related but one of the side effects is increased mosquito populations. As UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Estelle Martin explains, increased rain levels can raise water into areas where mosquitos have laid their…

Time to prep for your fall Florida garden

Time to garden! With food prices climbing toward the sky it may be time to consider pulling that brown thumb out of your pocket and adding a little green paint to it.  Growing a garden can be a humbling experience, especially in Florida, but despite the fact, that you may feel your thumb is brown,…

Snakes in Florida

The heat is on and the cold-blooded reptiles we love to hate are on the move through our landscapes. Scorned throughout history, snakes in Florida are most active through the warm seasons and are present throughout the state.   The reason they are prevalent is because their food sources are prevalent. Snakes eat insects, lizards, frogs,…

UF research: Norms, not knowledge, drive irrigation habits

Norms beat knowledge when it comes to irrigating homeowners’ lawns, new University of Florida research shows. For example, science tells us that if you replace at least one-third of the irrigated area of your yard or landscape with non-irrigated beds, you could save an average of 50,000 gallons of water per year. But homeowners take…

Doveweed: A Pesky Weed that may Destroy Your Lawn

Typically, this time of year many homeowners are tackling a variety of weeds in their landscapes. One of those weeds may very well be the invasive and aggressive weed known as Doveweed (Murdannia nudifflora). Doveweed emerges when average temperatures reach 65-70 degrees daily and germination continues into late fall. Doveweed is easily mistaken as St.…
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