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 Ampatzidis to use artificial intelligence to detect pathogens early and accurately.

Using AI, UF Startup Companies Boost Ailing Citrus Industry

As news broke that Florida’s citrus industry ended this year’s growing season with its lowest production in eight decades, an unlikely union has formed between two University of Florida startup companies to help reverse the trend.

UF-Led Center Continues Fight Against Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes, Ticks

Established in 2016, the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease: The Gateway Program (SECVBD) will continue its work for another five years, thanks to renewed funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The center is a team effort to help communities prevent, prepare and respond to vector-borne disease threats through applied research and education efforts. We look forward to continuing to inform these public health actions,” said Rhoel Dinglasan, the center’s director and a professor in the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine affiliated with the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute.

UF/IFAS Research on Crocodiles Provides Key Insights on Wildlife Aging

Scientists at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC) contributed critical research over the last 40 years of American crocodiles to a global comparative study on longevity, aging and mortality in ectothermic tetrapods. The study, published in the journal Science, represents the first data compilation of its kind using 107 populations of 77 species from 98 research institutions. The study provides a comparative analysis of mortality in the wild – a missing piece of the puzzle in science until now.

UF/IFAS Researchers Will Use AI To Assess Livestock Mobility

Samantha Brooks, a UF/IFAS geneticist and associate professor of equine physiology – along with other UF researchers -- have been awarded a $49,713 grant from the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) for this research. The team will combine machine learning with gait analyses to speed their assessment of livestock mobility.

Florida’s Next Commodity: Tea?

It’s decidedly iced tea season in Florida, but whether you take your tea hot or iced, sweet or unsweet, black or green, the infused leaf in your cup could soon come from a Florida farm.
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