GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, leads the UF/IFAS strawberry breeding program.
In honor of Black History Month, we will be sharing stories of UF/IFAS faculty and staff throughout February. Dr. Fitzroy "Roy" Beckford Dr. Fitzroy “Roy” Beckford, grew up on a farm in Jamaica, and grew to love the feel of the soil in his hands. Working in Extension from Jamaica to the British Virgin Islands, he focused on both crop and livestock. An opportunity far from home for his wife, Marguerite Beckford, would bring them
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Now that the American Association for the Advancement of Science has selected Roger Kjelgren as a Leshner Fellow, he hopes to increase participation in urban food and water security. Kjelgren, the director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, is one of 15 experts selected as Leshner fellows this year, according to the AAAS. Among other areas,