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The Emerging Passion Fruit Industry in Florida

HS1467by Ellen Garcia, Ali Sarkhosh, and Tie LiuSeptember 24th, 2023Tropical fruits are in high demand for their unique flavor, aroma, and their functional composition of phytochemicals with physiological benefits, deeming them “nutraceuticals.” Passion fruit can potentially be of high economic value for Florida, because of its suitability for tropical climates and its nutrient density, which has great benefits for human health. Passion fruit contains robust and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium (Pham-Huy et al. 2008). This publication can help consumers understand passion fruit appeal and help Floridian producers and marketers understand the competitive advantages of passion fruit as an emerging industry for Florida.Critical Issue: Nutrition, Health and Food Safety

Prescribed Fire as a Tool for Controlling Tick Populations in the Southeastern United States

FR469by Jennifer M. Fill, Hope M. Miller, and Raelene M. CrandallSeptember 24th, 2023There is an increase in reported tick-borne illnesses as the tick geographic range expands past historical boundaries. Prescribed fires, ignited intentionally for specific management goals, can indirectly affect tick abundance by disrupting tick predator and prey interactions and altering suitable tick habitat. The high temperatures during prescribed fires can also directly induce tick mortality. Repeated prescribed fires in southeastern United States tick habitat can be an affordable and environmentally conscious management option.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Common Pollutants in Stormwater Runoff and Actions that Homeowners can Take to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

SS720by Anthony Halcyon, Mary G. Lusk, and Ann C. WilkieSeptember 24th, 2023This publication explains what happens when stormwater runoff enters constructed environments, its impacts on water bodies, and how individuals can take steps to lower their own stormwater runoff footprint. This guide can increase awareness of ways to reduce each person's role in water quality impairment by stormwater pollution. This publication is intended primarily for urban residential readers and does not focus on agricultural runoff. Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

4-H Archery Leader Guide: Basic and Advanced Levels, Ages 8–18 Years

4H431by Julia S. Kelly, Matt Benge, and Glenn IsraelSeptember 20th, 2023The purpose of this guide is to provide a resource for archery leaders that includes reflection, application and evaluation with the activities. Written by Julia S. Kelly, and published by the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program, UF/IFAS Extension, June 2023.Critical Issue: Youth

The Satsuma Mandarin

CH116by Peter C. Andersen, James J. Ferguson,and Muhammad Adnan ShahidSeptember 18th, 2023This articles provides detailed description on cold hardy citrus, the satsuma mandarin.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems