UF expert: As planet warms, staple crops likely to decline

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- With a global need for more food, a worldwide team of scientists led by a University of Florida professor has found that with each degree of Celsius that the Earth warms, humans stand to lose more wheat, rice, maize and soybeans over the next 30 years. In fact, average yields will go down for maize by 7.4 percent; wheat by 6 percent; rice by 3.2 percent; and soybeans by 3.1 percent for each degree in global warming,

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

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As Hurricane Andrew barreled toward South Florida in the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1992, Jonathan Crane gathered his family and headed toward the center of their Homestead house. High winds blew out some windows at the Crane residence, and the neighbors ended up at their home. Nine people huddled in a hallway. The harrowing experience lasted from 3 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Finally, daylight came, and the worst was over. Homes,

UF researcher: Nearly $1 million grant will help struggling blue crab industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Donald Behringer and colleagues study the disease along the entire western Atlantic seaboard. In Florida, several disasters—including hurricanes in 2004, 2005, and 2008, and the Deepwater

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