The most important purpose of our research is to discover science-based solutions that make tangible, positive impacts on the lives of people worldwide. Below are a few of the greatest accomplishments in the history of our academic departments and Research and Education Centers (RECs).
Our research faculty and staff have, in no particular order:
- Entomology and Nematology; Fort Lauderdale REC
Exploited the feeding biology of subterranean termites that led to Dow’s Sentricon® termite control system. Dr. Nan-Yao Su’s research revolutionized the way subterranean termites are controlled.
- Animal Sciences
Characterized and overcame mineral deficiencies in livestock species. Dr. George Davis’ research findings saved the Florida beef cattle industry, and he was the first scientist from UF elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Developed and released ‘Florunner’ peanut in 1969. Florunner generated a significant yield advantage over other cultivars and was the foundation of future elite peanut cultivar releases.
- Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Developed the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) crop model that identifies management practices for maximum productivity. It is currently used worldwide to manage 42 distinct crops.
- Mid-Florida REC
Greatly impacted Florida’s tropical foliage plant industry through cultivar development; fertilization, water and temperature; disease and pest management; contributions to shipping and transportation; and indoor lighting research.
- West Florida REC
Released the Centennial soybean in the 1980s, the first soybean cultivar resistant to soybean root knot and soybean cyst nematode. It was planted on more acreage in the Southeast than any other soybean cultivar.
- Florida Medical Entomology Lab
Provided the first comprehensive studies on the host-feeding patterns of mosquitos in the Southeast U.S. that formed the basis of effective mosquito control.
- Forest Resources and Conservation
Developed the genetic material for a vast majority of Florida’s 4 million acres of planted pine.
- Food Science and Human Nutrition
Established the folic acid requirement during pregnancy that led to the establishment of food fortification procedures worldwide to prevent birth defects.