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UF Research Highlights

University of Florida contributes exciting and innovative research to the plant community throughout the world. Keep up to date with what solutions are being provided for the Green Industry and Master Gardeners.

New Cultivar Releases

UF has the largest academic contingency of plant breeders in the US. Our scientists develop varieties that are more Florida-friendly, heat tolerant, and easier to grow. Recent releases include:

Selected New and Updated EDIS Documents

EDIS is the Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension.

FR391 Cat's-Claw Vine, Dolichandra unguis-cati: A Showy but Invasive Plant in Florida
Cat's-claw vine is a neotropical, climbing perennial that produces large and showy yellow flowers in the springtime. Unfortunately, the aggressive nature of the vine has made it a major weed in parts of the southeastern United States. This 6-page fact sheet provides guidance on identification, control, and similar native vines for home landscapes. was written by Niels Proctor and Jason Smith, and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, October 2014.

EP507 Is My Tree Safe? Recognizing Conditions that Increase the Likelihood of Tree Failure
This 5-page fact sheet highlights seven easily reconizable tree defects that homeowners and non-professionals in public agencies may encounter in Florida. Written by Drew C. McLean, Andrew K. Koeser, Robert J. Northrop, and Gitta Hasing, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, October 2014.

PP313 Mosaic Disease of St. Augustinegrass caused by Sugarcane Mosaic Virus
‎In September 2014, lawns started dying in both Pinellas and Palm Beach Counties. Despite the similarity of symptoms to another St. Augustinegrass decline (SAD), as of November 2014, all samples have tested negative for SAD, and positive for presence of Sugarcane Mosaic Virus. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Phil Harmon, and published by the UF Department of Plant Pathology, November 2014.

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