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Ocean Acidification: Effects on Sponges

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FA263/FA263by Ocean Acidification: Effects on SpongesJune 13, 2024Approximately 30% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere has been absorbed by the world’s oceans. As CO2 emissions increase due to human activities so does the amount of CO2 absorbed by the oceans. Carbon dioxide lowers the pH of the ocean system, causing ocean acidification (OA). The effects of OA on economically and ecologically important aquatic species is a subject of interest. Sponges are important reef-associated species that provide shelter for fish and crustaceans in reef habitats and can also structure ecosystems through bioerosion, water filtration, and colonization of coral reef areas. This publication considers the effects of OA on marine sponges, with a focus on Florida’s coral reef.  Critical Issue: 3. Natural Resources and Environmental Quality

The United States Orange Industry: Declining Production and Climbing Imports

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FE1145/FE1145by A. Malek Hammami, Yi Li, and Zhengfei GuanJune 13, 2024The US orange industry has been grappling with declining production since the early 2000s due to the outbreak of the Huanglongbing disease and various other challenges. To meet the market demand, the United States increasingly relies on imports, notably those from Mexico and Chile. This publication further explores the factors contributing to this trend and discusses potential solutions. Critical Issue: 1. Agricultural and Horticultural Enterprises

The Florida Handbook of Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulation: Overview

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FE760/FE760by Michael T. Olexa and Christopher HillJune 11, 2024 Circular 1139, a multi-part handbook by Michael T. Olexa and Ian Goldfarb, helps Floridians recognize which agricultural and household activities may involve solid and hazardous wastes. It also provides an introduction to the agencies and statutes that govern solid and hazardous waste disposal. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, December 2013.  Critical Issue: Other

Better Mentorship, Better Student Experience: An Introduction to Mentorship

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WC460/AEC799by Debra M. Barry, Heather Nesbitt, and Heather McAuslaneJune 10, 2024This initial article in the Better Mentorship, Better Student Experience series provides faculty and students with a basic understanding of the potential benefits of mentoring and creating a support system. Written by Debra M. Barry, Heather Nesbitt, and Heather McAuslane, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, May 2024.Critical Issue: Organizational Goals

Fire Ants Management in Industrial Hemp

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AG477/SS-AGR-481by Nkem J. Nwosu, Hardeep Singh, Zachary Brym, Lakesh Sharma, Ethan Carter, Alexandra M. Revynthi, and Lance OsborneJune 7, 2024This publication highlights the presence, damage, and management of imported fire ants in industrial hemp production. This UF/IFAS Extension publication offers practical knowledge to researchers, Extension agents, growers, crop consultants, agricultural professionals, and students on the effects and management of imported fire ants in industrial hemp production. Written by Nkem J. Nwosu, Hardeep Singh, Zachary Brym, Lakesh Sharma, Ethan Carter, Alexandra M. Revynthi, and Lance Osborne, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, May 2024.Critical Issue: 1. Agricultural and Horticultural Enterprises

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