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When red tide hits, is your seafood safe? A UF expert answers questions

Brad BuckMarch 29th, 2023With varying levels of red tide lingering off the coast of Southwest Florida – from Tampa Bay to Naples — some seafood eaters may wonder whether they can safely consume fish and shellfish caught in the Gulf. We talked to Razieh Farzad, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of food science and human nutrition and Florida Sea […]

AI-enhanced system detects bruised strawberries before they get to the grocery store

Brad BuckSeptember 8th, 2022If you’re perusing the produce section, you generally seek fresh, pleasant-looking fruit – the kind most consumers want to buy. Usually, that means you see few, if any, blemishes. Fruit bruising has many causes: compression, impact or vibration during harvesting, transportation and packaging operations, said Xue Zhou, a doctoral student at the UF/IFAS College of […]

Let Citrus Ripen on the Tree

llw5479December 20th, 2021Q. When is citrus fruit ready to harvest? A. Florida uses five indexes to determine maturity of citrus, including soluble solids, juice content, acid level, soluble solids/acid ratio and skin color. But, the home gardener can easily decide when most citrus types are ready to be harvested. As the fruit reaches full size and the […]

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