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Raising Healthy Children: Wheat Allergies

If your child has been diagnosed with a wheat allergy, you may be wondering what you will feed him or her, because wheat is an ingredient in so many foods. Learning about ways to manage and treat your child?s allergy can help make this diagnosis less scary. This six-page publication is designed to provide you with information about wheat allergies and tips to help keep your child safe and reaction-free. Written by Pooja Tolani and Gail P.A. Kauwell and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs299

Eight New Potato Variety Trials Spotlights

The following eight new potato variety trials spotlights explain the results of the trials and describe the different cultivars. They are published by the Horticultural Sciences Department.

  • HS1293 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘Adirondack Blue’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1293
  • HS1294 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘Fabula’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Chrsitian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarellia
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1294
  • HS1295 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘Peter Wilcox’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, Kathleen G. Haynes, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1295
  • HS1296 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘Yukon Gold’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1296
  • HS1297 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘LaChipper’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1297
  • HS1298 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘Harley Blackwell’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, Kathleen G. Haynes, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1298
  • HS1299 University of Florida Potato Variety Trial Spotlight: ‘Goldrush? by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarelli http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1299
  • HS1300 University of Florida Potato Variety Trials Spotlight: ‘French Fingerling’ by Rodrick Z. Mwatuwa, Christian T. Christensen, Pam Solano, and Lincoln Zotarelli
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1300

Residents' Perceived Landscape Benefits Can Help Extension Promote Good Landscape Management Practices


Households can help conserve and protect water resources through irrigation and fertilizer best practices without compromising the quality of their landscape. UF/IFAS Extension, along with Extension services across the country, conducts programs to protect water quality and quantity by educating communities and individuals about research-based landscape practices. This four-page fact sheet describes the results of a survey that can help Extension promote good landscape management practices. Written by Laura A. Warner, Amanda D. Ali, and Anil Kumar Chaudhary and published by the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc282

Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) Management Program for Ornamental Plants

Whitefly-Bemisia-tabaci-Gennadius-eggs-and-adults-Lance-Osborne

Silverleaf whitefly is one of the most notorious invasive arthropods worldwide. It feeds on more than 900 plant species and vectors over 100 plant-damaging viruses. This 10-page fact sheet written by Vivek Kumar, Cristi Palmer, Cindy L. McKenzie, and Lance Osborne and published by the Department of Entomology and Nematology provides management recommendations, strategies for detection and scouting, and advice about control measures for this pernicious pest.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1171

Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Citrus County

Scallops, snorkeling equipment, and scallopers off the coast

This publication includes a full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in Citrus County near Homosassa and Crystal River, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch. Written by Savanna Barry and published by the Florida Sea Grant College Program.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg147

Cost of Production for Fresh Grapefruit Grown in Indian River, 2015/16

Grapefruit.

This 4-page article written by Ariel Singerman and published by the Food and Resource Economics Department presents the cost of production per acre for growing fresh grapefruit in the Indian River region during 2015/2016, based on a survey of growers conducted at the Indian River Citrus League production committee meeting in mid-July 2016. The cost estimates do not represent any individual operation; rather, their purpose is to serve as a benchmark for the industry. Typical users of these estimates include growers, consultants, property appraisers, and researchers.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1011

Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Wakulla County

Scallops on the ocean floor off of the coast of Cedar Key, Florida.

A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in Wakulla County, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch. Written by Savanna Barry and published by the Florida Sea Grant College Program.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg149

Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach areas, Taylor County

Scalloping in the Gulf of Mexico.

A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in southern Taylor County near Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch. Written by Victor Blanco and published by the Florida Sea Grant College Program.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg146

Recreational Harvest of the Florida Bay Scallop: Hernando County

A man scalloping off in the Gulf of Mexico.

A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in Hernando County, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida?s best summertime catch. Written by Brittany Hall-Scharf and published by the Florida Sea Grant College Program.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg148

Nematode Management in Residential Lawns

Plant-parasitic nematodes are among the least understood and most difficult pests to manage on turfgrass in Florida. They are very small, and most can only be seen with the aid of a microscope. They use a stylet to puncture plant cells, to inject digestive juices into them, and to ingest plant fluids. The most reliable way to determine whether plant-parasitic nematodes are involved in a turf problem is to have a nematode assay conducted by a professional nematode diagnostic lab. This 6-page fact sheet was written by William T. Crow, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ng039

Genetic Selection for Gaits in the Horse

Quality and cadence of various locomotion patterns are extremely valuable traits in horses. Breeds like the Tennessee Walking Horse, Florida Cracker Horse, Mangalarga marchador, and Icelandic Pony are prized and selected for unique intermediate-speed locomotion patterns. What if genetics could help us unravel and better select for the locomotion patterns of our horses? This 4-page fact sheet discusses the connection between locomotion patterns and genetics, DMRT3 and locomotion in the horse, improvement of understanding of the gene function of DMRT3, and current as well as future applications. Written by Laura Patterson Rosa, Carissa Wickens, and Samantha A. Brooks, and published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, May 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/an332

Vida Saludable: Diabetes

Women running up stadium steps for exercise. Image used in the 2014 Research Discoveries report.

La diabetes es una condición que ocurre cuando el cuerpo tiene dificultad para producir o utilizar la insulina. La insulina es una hormona que controla la cantidad de glucosa (azúcar) en nuestra sangre, informándole a las células cuanta glucosa pueden dejar entrar. Cuando una persona tiene diabetes, el cuerpo no produce o produce poca insulina, o produce una insulina que no funciona bien. Esto resulta en altos niveles de glucosa en la sangre. Controlar los niveles de glucosa en la sangre reduce el riesgo de otras complicaciones.

This 2-page fact sheet is a major revision that discusses diabetes and management techniques. Written by Linda B. Bobroff and Paulina Wittkowsky, and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, revised June 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy081

Choosing Healthy Meals As You Get Older: 10 Healthy Eating Tips for People Age 65+

A man examines a glass of water in the sunlight.

After introducing MyPlate in June 2011, USDA provided a series of fact sheets to help consumers use the dietary advice of the Dietary Guidelines 2010. USDA continues to add fact sheets to the series, reflecting the most current Dietary Guidelines and issues important to consumers. This fact sheet was developed by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion/USDA in partnership with the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, with an introduction by Linda B. Bobroff. This series of fact sheets is distributed by UF/IFAS Extension, June 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1474

Important Resources for the Development and Sustainability of School Garden Programs

Extension agents serve as a valuable resource in providing teachers with in-service training and technical education to increase their ability to effectively use gardening as an instructional tool. This three-page document provides an outline of important resources to help in the development and sustainability of a school garden program. Written by John M. Diaz and Erin Elsberry and published by the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc283

Seven New Spanish Translations in Food Science and Human Nutrition

The following new Spanish translations have been published in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department:

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015?2020: A Summary

About half of all adult Americans have at least one chronic disease that could be prevented. Many of these preventable chronic diseases are related to poor eating and physical activity habits. The good news is that the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, can be reduced with the help of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is described in this five-page fact sheet. Written by Kelly Johnston and Karla P. Shelnutt and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs298

The Value of Private Non-Industrial Forestland for Wildlife Species Conservation

Gopher tortoise on a sandy road

Animals in Florida provide a variety of benefits to people, from recreation (fishing, hunting, or wildlife viewing) to protection of human life and property (oysters and corals provide reef structures that help protect coasts from erosion and flooding). By measuring the economic value of these benefits, we can assign a monetary value to the habitats that sustain these species and assess the value that is lost when development or other human-based activities degrade animal habitat. This 5-page fact sheet written by Shelly Johnson, Timm Kroeger, Josh Horn, Alison E. Adams, and Damian C. Adams and published by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation presents the results of a study that assessed the value of protecting five animal species in Florida and showed the economic value of protecting animal habitat.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr405

Preventing Foodborne Illness Associated with Clostridium perfringens

The bacterium Clostridium perfringens causes one of the most common types of foodborne gastroenteritis in the United States, often referred to as perfringens food poisoning. It is associated with consuming contaminated food that contains great numbers of vegetative cells and spores that will produce toxin inside the intestine. This six-page fact sheet describes the bacterium, outbreaks associated with it, and how to prevent illness from this bacterium. Written by Keith R. Schnedier, Renee Goodrich-Schneider, Ploy Kurdmongkoltham, and Bruna Bertoldi and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs101

Powdery Mildew on Nasturtium in South Florida

Powdery mildew, which is caused by the fungus Leveillua rutae (syn. Oidiopsis haplophylli) on nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus L.), was found in southwest Florida for the first time in 2015 (Fayette et al. 2016). This two-page fact sheet describes the pathogen, its symptoms, and how to manage it. Written by Pamela D. Roberts, Katherine E. Hendricks, Francesco Di Gioia, Joubert Fayette, and Monica Ozores-Hampton and published by the Plant Pathology Department.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp335

Tools for Evaluating Soil Health

Soil health is a term synonymous with soil quality. It refers to the chemical, biological, and physical characteristics that influence a soil’s ability to function sustainably and to satisfy the needs of humans, support plants, and cycle elements, water, and energy between earth systems. This four-page fact sheet identifies ways to evaluate soil health. Written by Jehangir H. Bhadha, Jay Capasso, Robert S. Schindelbeck, and Allan R. Bacon and published by the Department of Soil and Water Sciences.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss657


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