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perspective


"What's your job?"

Sometimes
that's one of the
most revealing
questions you can
ask.
Pose the ques-
tion to environ-
mental horticulture
faculty member
Mike Kane, and
he's likely to say
that aside from
using cutting-
edge science to
foster plant spe-
cies essential to
Florida's ecosys-
tems his primary
job is cultivat-
ing the scientific
prowess of his
students.
Ask Seminole County Extension Director Barbara
Hughes and, in her perpetually upbeat way, she'll
probably give you a well-explained list of duties (writ-
ten sometime between early morning budget plan-
ning, calls from concerned farmers and working with
local 4-H).
The answer from Michael Olexa, director of the
Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, is
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title, however, we all carry a common charge: to
always work toward a better tomorrow. As our mission
states, we are dedicated to enhancing and sustaining
the quality of human life by developing knowledge in
agriculture, human and natural resources, as well as in
the life sciences.
In doing so, we support sectors of Florida's econ-
omy that carry a total $76.5 billion dollar impact and
help provide more than 1.6 million jobs. And, we're
working hard to pave new paths for industries tied to
Florida agriculture and natural resources, so that even
more people will have their own job descriptions to
proudly tell.
The following pages of IMPACT magazine hold even
more stories of projects and individuals within IFAS. I
have no doubt that, collectively, the dedicated faculty
and staff of this institute will continue to help pave a
bright future for the Sunshine State.
That's IFAS' job.
On a personal note, my own job situation is chang-
ing. Since January 2009, I've had the honor of serv-
ing as interim senior vice president for agriculture and
natural resources.
Effective June 1, I'll be resuming life as a professor in
the agricultural education and communication depart-
ment as we welcome our permanent senior vice presi-
dent, Jack Payne, formerly of Iowa State University.
Leading IFAS has given me a better understanding
of the hard work, commitment and talent of our peo-
ple. It's also made me more appreciative of the sup-
port we receive from stakeholders, elected officials,
alumni, friends and the general public.
I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this
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IMPACT is published by the
University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences and
is produced by IFAS Information
and Communication Services (Jack
Battenfield, director).

EDITORIAL BOARD
LARRY R. ARRINGTON
interim Senior Vice President
Agriculture and Natural Resources
JOSEPH C. JOYCE
Executive Associate Vice President
MILLIE FERRER-CHANCY
interim Dean for Extension
MARK R. MCLELLAN
Dean for Research
R. KIRBY BARRICK
Dean of the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences
Editor
TOM NORDLIE
Photo Editor
TYLER JONES
Designer
TRACY BRYANT
Contributors
MICKIE ANDERSON
STU HUTSON
Copy Editor
DARRYL PALMER
To change an address, request extra
copies of IMPACT, or to be added to
the mailing list, e-mail Tom Nordlie
at tnordlie@ufl.edu or write to him at
P.O. Box 110810, University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.
IMPACT is available in alternate
formats. Visit our website:
http://impact.ifas.ufl.edu

UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
IFAS


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Features


Rx Fire

How It Works


8 Consumers' Choice

12 Smart Regrowth

14 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law

16 A Different Kind of Forestry


News Updates

18 News Briefs


People, Places and Things

7 Student Profile

22 Faculty Profile

23 Extension Profile

24 Students, Alumni and Friends

26 Spotlight

30 IFAS Development News









On the Cover
CALS students (from left) Ashlyn Wedde, Deidra Slough, Michael Schwieterman and Correy
Jones admire a flower bouquet in David Clark's laboratory. Clark is a leader in the Plant
Innovation Program, a unique collaboration aimed at developing better crop cultivars. Several
of its projects focus on increasing cut flower sales to Generation Y, people born in the 1980s
and 1990s.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PAGE 8. PHOTO BY TYLER JONES


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any people assume fire has only negative
effects on wildlands.
But periodic, small-scale fires are benefi-
cial to some ecosystems, promoting new plant growth
and maintaining '. -. i1 -. r animals like the Florida
scrub jay and the j I 1, -ortoise. When an area goes
too long without a burn, it can become overgrown -
prime territory for dangerous wildfires.
The solution to this problem is a controlled burn,
sometimes called a prescribed burn. Here, trained per-
sonnel carefully introduce fire where it's needed, then
supervise the burn and monitor its aftermath.
"It goes without saying that you want to know
what you're doing when you set fire to an area," said
Zachary Prusak, state fire manager for The Nature
Conservancy.


One group responsible for controlled burns is the
Northeast Florida Resource Management Support
Team.
Managed by The Nature Conservancy and sup-
ported by IFAS, the team provides aid to pub-
lic agencies and private land managers in areas east
of Interstate 75, from Orlando to the Georgia bor-
der. Housed at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station
in Putnam County, the team consists of Parker Titus,
Andrew Rappe, Andrew Slack and Daniel Godwin.
The team began operations in August 2008,
funded by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission grant. Since then, the four have con-
ducted nearly 90 burns and spent more than 120 days
preparing soon-to-be burned areas.









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ity, wind speed and wind direction. Usir, -I1 -,
dictions, the team can determine what weather condi-
tions are favorable.
The computer models also help the team prepare
for possible shifts in weather or fire behavior. And
they develop backup plans, such as calling in help
from local emergency response teams.
The planning process also includes the burn igni-
tion plan, the organization of members involved in the
burn, numerous safety and health scenarios, notifica-
tion of the general public and local authorities, and
steps to be taken after the burn to monitor and reha-
bilitate the area.

A Dose of Fire
Though burns can require weeks of planning and
waiting, the fires themselves are over in just a few
hours.
The area to be burned is isolated with a perimeter
of firebreaks, either cleared strips of land several feet
wide or natural breaks such as a river. The team leader
or "burn boss" positions various crews, decked head-
to-toe in fire resistant clothing, around the perimeter.
The burn typically begins with a line of fire lit along
a firebreak and allowed to burn toward the oncoming
wind. This is called the "backfire."
Then, crew members set a "headfire" at the oppo-
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Palmetto and pine trees, seen here, are
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and badly damaged but still-standing trees (dubbed
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ensure that the fire doesn't come back and that lin-
gering smoke doesn't cause problems. A crew may
return for months or even years to make sure the area
is recovering properly.
"It's amazing how fast the wildlife returns to areas
here in Florida," Titus said. "Sometimes, just a week
afterwards, you'll return to an area and see a deer eat-
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bers of Generation Y are more likely to desire novelty
in floral arrangements, because they value novelty in
almost everything they buy.
"There's a big move to do physical response mea-
surements in consumer research," explains Tracy
Irani. "There's also a lot of interest in attracting newer,
younger consumers for flowers."

A Question of Tomato Taste
To learn what consumers want, researchers must
ask the right questions.
That challenge fascinates Linda Bartoshuk, a pro-
fessor with UF's College of Dentistry and a member of
both the Plant Innovation Program and the UF Center
for Smell and Taste, a campuswide research group
with wide-ranging goals.
She developed questionnaires used in a project
aimed at developing better-tasting tomatoes. It's
being conducted in the UF Sensory Testing Lab with
about 100 participants, all tomato lovers.
They're asked to recall wonderful and horrible expe-
riences and use those experiences to establish a per-
sonal scale of good and bad. They use the scale to
assess one commercially produced tomato and five
heirloom varieties. Typing on computers, they answer
questions about sensory qualities such as sweetness,


tartness and overall flavor. Over several weeks, they'll
rate 20 to 30 varieties.
"We'll do the same thing with strawberries, but we
won't do it this year because the cold weather has
impacted the crop," says Charlie Sims, a food science
professor. He's in charge of the Sensory Testing Lab
and part of the tomato and strawberry teams.
After the participants finish their evaluations,
researchers will sift through the data and develop
taste profiles for several ideal tomatoes. Then plant
geneticist Harry Klee, an eminent scholar in the horti-
cultural sciences department, will take those profiles,
along with other research results, and work backward,
determining which chemicals contribute to the desired
flavors and aromas for those varieties.
Ultimately, researchers will pinpoint the genes
involved, decide how much those genes should be
expressed to achieve the desired results, and engineer
plants to do the job.

The Nose Knows
One project under way doesn't involve any crops. It
focuses on volatiles, chemicals that readily vaporize.
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acids, protein-building nutrients that can't be pro-
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H al Knowles is one of the few Floridians who can
say that, even in these hard economic times,
he's always happy to see his electric bill. At a
time when the average U.S. household spends more
than $2,000 a year on home energy costs, Knowles'
renovated 1950s style ranch home equipped with
solar cells, a tankless gas water heater and energy-effi-
cient appliances in every room of the house always
produces an electricity surplus that he sells back to the
utility company.
With efficient toilets and plumbing, the household
uses 34,000 gallons of water a year, compared to
150,000 for an average home. Then, of course, there is
recycling and composting to reduce trash.
For Knowles, a doctoral student and research
assistant in UF's Program for Resource Efficient
Communities, living with the adaptations comes nat-
i, -.11 iI, its inception in 2004, the program has
SI _i- help Florida's booming population make
-i, I i e of natural resources. PREC's mission is
I the adoption of best design, construction
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Si _-.1 I water consumption as well as environmen-
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ily hom es were i i- 11, _' '- -1 I -I
in sprawling master-planned communities mhat did not
take the local ecosystem or resource efficiency into
account.
In 2008, economic crises halted the growth,
although new projections indicate that as many as
23,000 new residents may have returned to Florida by
April of 2010.
"The reports of Florida's demise have been greatly
exaggerated," Jones said. "We are still going to grow
in upcoming years, but we owe it to ourselves to use
this slowdown to begin to build in a way that is more
economically and environmentally viable."
A good example of such growth, he said, is a new
community called Restoration, recently approved by
the City of Edgewater and Florida's Department of
Community Affairs.
When designed four years ago, Restoration was
envisioned as a golf course community with 8,500
homes that spread across 5,200 acres. The sprawl-
ing land use pattern was rejected by regional plan-
ners and so the developers brought UF's PREC in to
work with the project's design team to develop a more
resource-efficient plan.
Now, the project will neatly organize the same
number of homes into a compact, walkable town,


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Outside, streetlights will be solar-powered and
windmills will pump water from ponds to help irrigate
public areas. The houses will be prewired for solar
photovoltaic units and preplumbed for solar water
heating.
The most important eco-friendly quality of the new
development, however, might be something that's
not seen the new design only needs half as many
miles of roadway built. Not only will this save $120 mil
lion in construction costs, the entire development is
designed to minimize the need for vehicles.
The clustered and mixed-use nature of the commu-
nity will make it easy for residents to walk to stores
and parks, and will improve use of public transporta-
tion such as trolleys and buses. This could add up to
significant savings, given that the average U.S. house-
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said. Some want to pursue agricultural careers and
need to be informed about the laws and policies that
will someday impact their work. Others are consider-
ing law school and use the program to get their feet
wet. Post-graduation interviews indicate that com-
pleting the curriculum enhances employability.
"We have former students all over the state; some
of them have gone to law school everywhere from
UF to Duke," Olexa said. "We're also heavily net-
worked with the Florida Bar. It's been a real good
relationship."
To help those already in the work force, the center's
extension program creates publications for the online
IFAS Electronic Data Information Source, or EDIS.
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include farm labor, water law, fence and property law,
hazardous waste management and state law updates.
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where in the country."
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To learn more about the Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, visit
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By Tom Nordlie

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rees aren't usually considered a public utility.
But in cities and suburbs, it can be useful
to look at them that way, say Rob Northrop
and Michael Andreu, founders of the Tampa Bay
Watershed Forest Working Group.
In summer, trees provide shade that cools buildings.
In winter, they buffer wind, reducing heating costs.
And year-round, they reduce air pollution, contribute
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r, benefits when local decision-makers take steps


to protect and promote plant life that's impacted by
land-use projects. Those projects can involve anything
from building new roads and subdivisions to establish-
ing parks and redeveloping older urban areas.
Frequently, multiple agencies are responsible for
decisions that impact the urban and urbanizing for-
est, Northrop said. To make things happen, the right
people must communicate that's the forest working
group's mission, in a nutshell.
"The idea was to create a collaboratorry' as we like
to call it," Northrop said. "What we're doing is creat-
ing the mechanisms that allow science to be trans-
lated to management and education, and find ways to
collaborate."
Participation is voluntary; the group itself has no
power to make or enforce policy. It's the non-binding
quality that makes the group appealing to so many, he
said.
Participants include representatives from the
business community, Tampa city government,
Hillsborough County government, the University of
South Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, the Southwest Florida Water
Management District, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
One of the group's first projects was an urban eco-
logical analysis of Tampa and northern Hillsborough
County. It involved personnel from UF, USF and the
Hillsborough County Extension Office.
Published online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr265, the
study included an inventory of trees, shrubs, ground
cover and impervious surfaces, such as concrete. It
also explained how the system functioned ecologi-
cally. The study has been woven into the city's land-
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Group. Andreu, a forestry assistant professor at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center;
and Northrop, a Hillsborough County urban forestry extension agent, started the group to help
local governments maintain plant life in developed and developing areas.


The forest working group has succeeded so well
that officials in neighboring Pinellas County have
asked Andreu and Northrop to assess the carbon
sequestration potential of the county's parks and
preserves. They're following through, with one of
Andreu's graduate students in the natural resource
conservation program at Gulf Coast REC.
Many undergraduate and graduate students from
the Gulf Coast REC participate in forest working
group activities, Andreu said. They attend meetings,
conduct research and help communicate research
findings to policy makers, all of which may help in
future job searches.
Two others have played a large role in the group's
success: Melissa Friedman, a biological scientist and
graduate student who works with Andreu; and Shawn
Landry of USF's Florida Center for Community Design
and Research.


Over the next year, Andreu and Northrop plan to
refine the working group's approach so they can offer
it to other communities around the state.
"While this is unique now to the Tampa Bay area,
because of how it's designed and developed, it's read-
ily transferrable to any major or minor municipality in
the state," Andreu said. "This kind of group could be
started in Jacksonville, Miami or Pensacola."
In May, the working group will present a state-
wide workshop on conservation easements, in con-
junction with the Conservation Trust for Florida, the
Florida Stewardship Program and the Tampa Bay
Conservancy. And in late summer, they'll host a state-
wide workshop on diseases threatening the cabbage
palm and hold a second annual Urban and Urbanizing
Forest Science and Management eXchange. 0


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scientists believe they know how by ramping
up production of white blood cells, one of the
body's primary lines of defense.
The UF research team Bob Cousins (pictured
above), Tolunay Aydemir, Juan Liuzzi and Steve
McClellan reported their findings in the August


ugar Belle, a bold mandarin orange hybrid, is a
new UF-created citrus variety intended for com
mercial production.
The fruit is a mix of sweet Clementine and the col-
orful, bell-shaped Minneola and has a rich taste and
strong aroma, said Fred Gmitter, a geneticist and
breeder who developed the variety at IFAS' Citri
REC in Lake Alfred.


2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. In the
study, healthy volunteers took 15 milligrams of zinc
each day, a dosage at the upper boundary of the rec-
ommended daily allowance. Volunteers in a control
group took a placebo.
Researchers drew blood samples from the volun-
teers to examine their T-cells, an essential part of the
body's immune function.
The study showed that, when exposed to chemicals
known to evoke an immune response, T-cells from the
group of volunteers taking zinc supplements showed
much greater biochemical activity than T-cells from
volunteers taking the placebo.
In particular, the researchers observed stimulation
of the T-cell protein ZIP8. This protein transports zinc
into a specific region inside the T-cells, where it trig-
gers a chain of events that prime the cell for action.
The study could be a first step toward developing
medicines that work by triggering these mechanisms,
said Cousins, a renowned zinc researcher and director
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"Many old-timers in citrus have said this is the best-
tasting citrus they've ever had," Gmitter said.
Recently, Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., a
direct support organization of UF, awarded an exclu-
sive U.S. license to the New Varieties Development
and Management Corporation.
Funded by the Florida Citrus Commission, the not-
for-profit corporation was set up in 2005 to help
assure Florida growers access to new patented citrus
varieties, manage new varieties and direct resources
to citrus breeding research.
Peter Chaires, the corporation's executive direc-
tor, said he believes the variety will make a big splash
in the $52 million specialty citrus market. The fruit
matures early, so it should be a good fit for the
December holiday market, he said.
Sugar Belle, which has a patent pending, has been in
the works since 1985.
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began developing the variety after he noticed a tree
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top commercial seafood species; however,
a recently discovered virus is killing the crustaceans
and threatening the industry.
Now scientists with UF and other institutions have
received a $1.4 million grant to research transmission
of the virus, known as PaV1.
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he vast majority of Florida's 47,000 farms are
classified as "small" by U.S. Department of
Agriculture standards, but there's been little
opportunity for the people behind those farms to meei
and work toward common goals.
That changed in August 2009, with the first Florida
Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference.
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nizers plan to repeat it yearly, said Bob Hochmuth, an
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the pathogen. It could also lead to management strat-
egies and new methods for identifying infected lob-
sters, said Don Behringer, an IFAS assistant professor
in fisheries and aquatic sciences.
One of the main issues to be investigated: whether
or not the virus is dispersed long distances by lobster
larvae, which can float hundreds of miles during their
first months. Infected spiny lobsters have been found
in the Florida Keys as well as parts of Mexico, Belize
and St. Croix.
The PaV1 virus attacks blood cells and tissues, caus-
ing lobsters to become listless and solitary. Most even-
tually die from metabolic depletion, a condition char-
acterized by loss of energy.
Beginning with the 2000-01 lobster season, harvest
declined about 30 percent from previous years and
has yet to rebound. Some experts believe the virus
plays a role in the situation.
Florida produces more than 90 percent of the
nation's spiny lobsters. In 2007 the harvest was
about 3.8 million pounds, with a dockside value of
$27 million, according to the Florida Department of
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BIG SUCCESS

More than 800 farmers and agricultural profes-
sionals attended the event, held at Osceola Heritage
Park in Kissimmee. Hosted by IFAS and Florida A&M
University, it featured more than 100 speakers, 30
educational sessions, over 80 exhibitions of new prod-
ucts and technologies, networking opportunities and
livestock displays.
Highlights included a welcome address from Florida
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson, an impas-
sioned keynote speech by nationally known small
farms authority John Ikerd, and the presentation of
Florida Innovative Farmer Awards to three attendees.
Another detail that set this conference apart much
of the food served was prepared with items produced
by Florida's small farms.
The 2010 conference will take place July 31 and
Aug. 1, again at Osceola Heritage Park.
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Whatever surprises might be in store for him
this year, life will be hard-pressed to match
all it hurled at environmental horticulture
researcher Michael Kane in 2009.
He hit a career milestone in June when he was made
a fellow in the Society for In Vitro Biology. His grown
daughter took a job in Denver. He was chosen as a Florida
Blue Key distinguished professor, and in November,
he was awarded the USDA-sponsored 2009 Southern
Regional Teaching Award from the Association of Public
and Land-grant Universities.
And somewhere in there, between the career highlights
and family events, he landed in the hospital undergoing
major surgery.
"I always thought, 'Tl work hard and have fun now
and then later someday I'll retire,' but all of a sudden, the
uncertainty of that plan was staring me right in the face,"
Kane says.
But if anyone was ever prepared to go through such a
wrenching year and come out better for it, it's Kane, who,
after a couple weeks of pondering important ife issues,
recalibrated back to his usual state of good humor.
Years of faithful jogging prepared him to bounce back
quickly from the surgery and late in the year, he was
already on a treadmill for physical therapy.
Returning to campus, Kane was back to his favorite
things: plants and people.
His research focuses on alternative techniques for
producing native plants in short, growing plants in a
sterile lab environment using tissue cultures. It allows
plants to be grown quickly and efficiently, and Kane has
taught growers around the country how to employ the


techniques. Sea oats and orchids have been the objects
of his lab's most recent studies.
Tim Johnson, a doctoral student who works with Kane,
says he never dictates what a young researcher wil work
on and instead tries to figure out what fascinates them. In
Johnson's case, he'd been intrigued by orchids since see-
ing a fictional, toxic version of the plant portrayed in the
James Bond movie "Moonraker."
Letting students forge their own paths created a bevy
of young scientists who have been prolific publishers of
quality research studies, such as Daniela Dutra, a Kane
protege who won the 2008 best master's thesis award
within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Several years earlier he co-chaired the supervisory com-
mittee of another graduate student, Carmen Valero-
Aracama, who received the 2006 best dissertation award.
For Kane, creating this sort of creative and positive
research environment is a no-brainer. He left a blue collar
background to go to college, specifically to avoid the kind
of joyless work life his father had. And he once left a doc-
toral program just before starting, after being told he'd
have to do research in an area other than the one he'd
been promised.
Johnson said Kane's quick recovery from his health
troubles, both mentally and physically, came as no
surprise.
"He's very optimistic," Johnson said. "Certainly there
are times where we're frantic about getting things done
or meeting a deadline, but he's just got an optimistic
worldview." 9 Mickie Anderson


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Seminole County Extension Director Barbara Hughes


January 12, 2010 was a bad day for Seminole
County farmers. Overnight, temperatures had
plunged into the 20s for the third night in a
row damaging crops.
For Barbara Hughes, the county's extension direc-
tor since 1993, the situation held a terrible irony. Her
office has been trying to raise public awareness of
agriculture in Seminole County, one of the state's fast-
est growing urban centers. Now, the weather was pro
viding that awareness.
The cold snap was wreaking havoc on farms
throughout the county and the state. Reports filtered
in to Hughes all day cucumbers wiped out, farm-
ers' markets temporarily closed. More than once, she
worried aloud that some producers might go out of
business.
Nonetheless, she remained chipper, forging ahead
with the business of the day.
At a morning staff meeting, the office budget took
center stage. Agents should prioritize their needs
and file their activity reports, she said. Other top-
ics included a Disney-sponsored drive to promote


volunteer work, 4-H camp, efforts to reach 4-H
alumni, a local agriculture expo, an energy fair, Master
Gardener training, and classes that teach residents to
live on a budget.
Afterward, Hughes helped prepare the extension
office's auditorium for a meeting between farmers
and county personnel, to discuss a proposed waste-
water tax. The heater in the auditorium was on the
fritz; everyone wore jackets. The meeting turned
out to be long and detail-oriented, but friendly. One
farmer offered the assemblage a box of fat hydro-
ponic tomatoes, and there was a palpable sense of
relief that something had survived the cold.
In the late afternoon Hughes telephoned local agri-
cultural venues, arranging photo shoots for the next
day. She's helping the local tourism board develop a
brochure promoting agritourism in the county.
She stayed late to type the minutes from the morn-
ing staff meeting, then called it a day.
The overnight forecast predicted no freeze, a wel-
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STUDENTS, ALUMNI




AND FRIENDS


EACH FALL, THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE
SCIENCES PRESENTS ITS CALS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS AWARDS
AS PART OF THE TAILGATOR CELEBRATION. THE 2009 EVENT
TOOK PLACE NOV. 7 IN THE STEPHEN C. O'CONNELL CENTER.


The 2009 Award
of Distinction hon-
.. ored three individuals,
DONALD BENNINK,
CAROL WAYNE
HAWKINS and
:.. H.E. "ED" JOWERS,
for their outstand-
ing contributions to
UF, IFAS, CALS and
related professions.
Donald Bennink is
a founder and man-
aging partner of
the North Florida
Holsteins dairy. A
Cornell alumnus, Bennink has cultivated a unique rela-
tionship with the UF animal sciences department and
College of Veterinary Medicine, making cows avail-
able for graduate and faculty research. He also allows
onsite training of veterinary medicine students and
has hosted hundreds of international interns.
Carrol Wayne
Hawkins (B.S.,
Agricultural
Economics, 1960)
earned his bache-
lor's degree in agri-
cultural economics
and has dedicated
his 40-year career to
helping Florida grow-
ers unite for mutual
benefit. He orga-
nized cooperatives,
managed the Florida
Fruit and Vegetable
Association's pro-
duction and marketing division and was the Florida
Tomato Committee's manager.


H.E. "Ed" Jowers
(B.S., Agricultural
Education, 1964; M.S.,
Animal Science, 1972)
earned his bachelor's
degree in agricultural
education, served five
years in the U.S. Air
krL Force, then returned
A" to UF, earning a mas-
ter's degree in animal
science. He had a 37-
year career with the
SFlorida Cooperative
Extension Service,
working with 4-H,
livestock producers, soybean farmers and peanut
farmers.
The 2009 Horizon
Award went to
SHARON SPANN
(B.S. and M.S.,
Agricultural Education
and Communication,
2000 and 2002,
respectively), a legis-
lative researcher for
the Florida House of
Representatives. The
award recognizes a
graduate of the past
decade for contribu-
tions or potential
leadership in the agri-
cultural, natural resource, life science and related
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PATRICK THOMPSON, JOANNA WEBER and BLAIR
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Agronomy doctoral student OLUBUNMI "BUNMI"
AINA took first place in the Minority Student Poster
Contest at the 2009 International Meetings of the
American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society
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SPOTLIGHT


ART TEIXEIRA, a professor with the agricultural and
biological engineering department, was one of two
UF faculty members to receive the 2009 International
Educator of the Year Award. Teixeira was the senior
faculty recipient; Guolong Lai, an assistant profes-
sor of art history, was the junior faculty recipient. The
awards were presented in November.
Teixeira was also named 2009 IFAS International
Fellow. Fellow honorees were ROB GILBERT, an asso-
ciate professor of agronomy at Everglades REC, who
received the IFAS International Achievement Award;
and STEVE FUTCH, a multicounty citrus extension
agent, who received the IFAS Award for Excellence
in Internationalizing Extension. The extension award
is new, said Walter Bowen, director of the IFAS
International Programs office; it was created to recog-
nize the unique challenges internationalization pres-
ents to extension faculty.
In April 2009, both of UF's cam-
puswide academic advisement
awards went to CALS person-
nel. ANGELEAH BROWDY, a lec-
turer and adviser in the food science
and human nutrition department,
ANGELEAH BROWDY was named Faculty Adviser of the
Year; and CHRISTINE HOLYOAK.
an adviser in microbiolog: -.r, II 1,
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honored at the annual Fa ',I- -.,I -.r i' -.-
Emerson Hall in Gainesvill
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The Entomological Society of
America named NORM LEPPLA a
2009 Fellow at their annual meet-
ing in December in Indianapolis. He
was chosen for the honor based on
career achievements, particularly his
NORM LEPPLA work in integrated pest management.
CLARENCE AMMERMAN, an ani-
mal sciences emeritus professor, received the 2008
Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of
Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
At UK, Ammerman earned a bachelor of science
degree in animal science in 1951 and a master's in ani-
mal nutrition in 1952. He's been with UF since 1958.
Hendry County Extension Director
GENE MCAVOY received the 2009
Excellence in Crop Advising Award,
presented by the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation and the Florida
Certified Crop Advisers Program.
GENE MCAVO A multicounty vegetable exten-
sion agent, McAvoy was honored in
October at the federation's annual meeting.
Several IFAS educators were recognized for teach-
ing excellence by being named 2009 Teacher Fellows
of the North American Colleges and Teachers of
Agriculture, at the organization's annual meeting in
SStillwater, Okla. in June. They were:
LISA HOUSE, professor, food and
resource economics; TRACY IRANI,
associate professor, agricultural edu-
cation and communication; GAIL
KAUWELL, professor, food sci-
LISA HOUSE ence and human nutrition; ALAN
LONG, professor, forest resources
and conservation; BRIAN MYERS, associate profes-
sor, agricultural education and communication; and
GRADY ROBERTS, associate profes-
sor, agricultural education and com-
munication. ANDREW THORON, a
doctoral student in agricultural edu-
cation, received a Graduate Student
Teaching Award.
GRADY ROBERTS MIKE KANE, a professor of envi-
ronmental horticulture, was one
of six 2009 regional winners of the USDA's Higher
Education Programs/Multicultural Alliances National
Awards Program for Excellence in College and
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ond annual Florida Agricultural
PAUL LYRENE Experiment Station awards cere-
mony ended May 12, 2009, at the
Harn Museum of Art, in Gainesville.
Lyrene, one of more than 65 researchers honored,
said he believes the ceremony helps scientists learn
what their peers are up to.
MARK MCLELLAN, IFAS research dean and FAES
director, thanked the researchers for their dedication
and hard work.
"It is time to salute some exceptional researchers for
their passion ... for their search and discovery of new
ideas, and their intensity to create solutions solu-
tions for our lives," he said during the ceremony.
UF President BERNIE MACHEN addressed the sci-
entists, noting that it was a refreshing change to
focus on research accomplishments rather than tight
budgets.
"The times we're facing are indeed challenging, and
sometimes we can get lost in the morass," he said.
"This last hour helps bring us right back to why we're
here ... solving the problems of our world."
The award winners included:
Richard L. Jones New Faculty Research Awards -
MATIAS KIRST, KATI MIGLIACCIO
Best Doctoral Dissertation JENNIFER ZASPEL;
Adviser, MARC BRANHAM


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MARSHALL FRANK MAZZOTTI JAMES JONES
MICHAEL DUKES FREDERICK GMITTER LONNIE
INGRAM CARRIE HARMON
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INGLETT STEPHEN OPSAHL JAMES JAWITZ ALAN
COVICH CLAUDIO GONZALEZ BYUNG-HO KANG
JOSEPH LARKIN III PAUL FISHER BRUCE WELT
ERNESTO FONSECA ARTHUR BERG MELANIE
CORRELL RONGLING WU KENNETH BOOTE
C. EDUARDO VALLEJOS JAMES JONES DON
ROCKWOOD JUDE GROSSER MATIAS KIRST J.Y.
ZHU BIN GAO PRATAP PULLAMMANAPPALLIL
JAMES JONES NICHOLAS COMERFORD GLENN
ISRAEL BRIAN MYERS ANITA WRIGHT MITCHELL
KNUTSON AMR ABD-ELRAHMAN AHMED
MOHAMED MICHAEL ANDREU GURPAL TOOR
SCOT SMITH WILLIAM OVERHOLT JAMES CUDA
DEAN WILLIAMS SANJAY SHUKLA ROBERT
GILBERT, ZANE HELSEL, LONNIE INGRAM, KELLY
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Plant patent holders PAUL LYRENE (blueberry
cultivars Snowchaser, FLX-2, FLX-1, Farthing, Scintilla);
BRIAN SCULLY (zoysiagrass cultivar BA-305);
RONALD BARNETT (oat cultivar Trophy, rye cultivar
AGS 104); DANIEL GORBET, BARRY TILLMAN (peanut
cultivar Florida-07)
Utility patent teams JULIE MAUPIN-FURLOW, LEE
ANN TALARICO BLALOCK, LONNIE INGRAM (Cloning
and Sequencing I I -.- I -.ii lase Genes
from Bacteria an Ti, i DENNIS GRAY,
RICHARD LITZ ( I I.r, i-.1 I instant Grape
Somatic Embryo
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National Acade r. -. I r r, r i rs ROBERT
COUSINS, LONNIE INGRAM
Eminent Schol,-. WILLIAM DAWSON, ANDREW
SCHMITZ, HARRY KLEE ROBERT COUSINS,
ANDREW HANSON MARJORIE HOY
Distinguished F, I JAMES JONES, DANIEL
CANTLIFFE, RAMACHANDRAN P.K. NAIR, LONNIE
INGRAM
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REDDY, HOWARD JOHNSON
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Florida Chapter ISA presents its gift to IFAS. Chapter President Mike Robinson, left, and UF
Interim Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Larry Arrington pose with
an oversized check representing the group's $300,000 pledge. Also shown are IFAS SHARE
Council Executive Director Ken DeVries, Department of Environmental Horticulture Chairman
Terril Nell and the Florida Chapter ISA board of directors. PHOTO COURTESY OF FLORIDA
CHAPTER ISA

Florida Chapter ISA pledges $300,000 from license
plate proceeds
The Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has
pledged $300,000 over the next five years to establish the Florida
Chapter ISA Arboriculture Endowment Fund, which will support teaching,
research and extension for the arboriculture program in the environmental
horticulture department.
"Endowment support is particularly appreciated because it pro-
vides a stable and renewable resource for our IFAS programs," said
Larry Arrington, interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural
resources. "This special fund will truly provide the margin of excellence for
the IFAS arboriculture program."
Based in Sarasota, the Florida Chapter ISA is an organization of arborists
dedicated to the advancement of tree care and planting methods. Funds
for the endowment will be generated by sales of the "Trees Are Cool" spe-
cialty license plate.

FNGLA Action Chapter establishes endowment for
Mid-Florida REC
The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association Action
Chapter has donated $30,000 to establish the FNGLA Action Chapter
MF-REC Excellence Endowment Fund, which will support undergraduate
scholarships, graduate assistantships, research, education and programs at
the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka.
Regina Thomas, Action Chapter board member, SHARE Council mem-
ber and state board representative, presented the check to SHARE Council
Chair Ray Goldwire at the annual SHARE Event held Nov. 7, 2009.
FNGLA is a network of professionals who work to shape the future of
Florida's nursery and landscape industry, which has an estimated $15.2 bil-
lion in annual sales.


Randy Strode, left, president and owner
of Agri-Starts Inc., examines a plant with
Wayne Mackay, director of the Mid-Florida
Research and Education Center in
Apopka. PHOTO BY CHRIS FOOSHEE

Endowment from Agri-
Starts Inc. will benefit
plant industries
Agri-Starts Inc. of Apopka has
pledged a combined cash and
deferred gift totaling $130,000
to establish the Innovation
Propagation and Production
Training Endowment. The fund
will support an IFAS extension
technical training program focus-
ing on innovations for the foliage,
floriculture and ornamental plant
industries throughout Florida and
the region.
In addition to a $30,000 cash
pledge, Agri-Starts donated a
$100,000 charitable life insur-
ance policy naming the University
of Florida Foundation Inc. as sole
beneficiary of the proceeds, for
future benefit of the endowment.
Agri-Starts, a biological tech-
nology company owned by
Randy Strode, produces and sells
tissue-culture liners on a whole-
sale level. Tissue culture is a pro-
cedure that uses small tissue
samples to produce exact dupli-
cates of a plant.




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What Is IFAS Development?
The IFAS Development program serves as the cen-
tral fundraising effort to secure private support
for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences in partnership with the SHARE
Council direct support organization and the University
of Florida Foundation Inc. Charitable gifts provide the
"margin of excellence" for IFAS academic programs,
research, extension and facilities.
Ways to Give
There are several ways to support IFAS:
Cash
Charitable Bequests (wills and trusts)
Real Estate (residential or farmland)
Life Income Gifts (charitable remainder trusts,
annuities, retained life estates and retirement
planning)
Stocks (especially appreciated stocks)
Life Insurance (new or existing policy)
IFAS Endowments
Endowments are named permanent funds that pro-
vide annual renewable support for donor
designated IFAS programs. Endowments are man-
aged and invested by the University of Florida
Foundation. As of December 31, 2009, more than 250
IFAS endowments have been established by individ-
ual alumni, businesses, organizations, associations and
friends.


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Matching Gift Programs
The state of Florida currently provides generous
matching funds for endowed gifts of $100,000 or
more through its Major Gifts Trust Fund according to
the following state matching gift levels:
GIFT MATCH
$100,000 to $599,999................................................50%
$600,000 to $1,000,000 ......................................... 70%
$1,000,001 to $1,500,000 ........................................ 75%
$1,500,001 to $2,000,000 ........................................ 80%
$2,000,001 or more ........................... ........... 100%
Florida Tomorrow Campaign
In July 2005, the University of Florida launched its
third and largest ever comprehensive campaign with
a goal to raise $1.5 billion in private gifts. To enhance
funding for its teaching, research and extension pro-
grams and facilities, IFAS has set its campaign goal at
$100 million.
UF/IFAS Campaign Goals
Faculty Support ........................................ $42,500,000
Graduate Support........................ ...........$9,000,000
Undergraduate Student Support...........$8,000,000
Program Support and Research ..........$29,500,000
Campus Enhancement............................... $11,000,000
Total ........................... ....................... $100,000,000


* IFAS Florida Tomorrow
Campaign Totals 100,04


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE IFAS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Ken DeVries, assistant vice president for IFAS Development, (352) 392-5424
Joe Mandernach, senior director of development, (352) 392-5457
Office: (352) 392-1975 Fax: (352) 392-5115 Online giving: development.ifas.ufl.edu


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Albert and Friends
O n Nov. 7, 2009, alumni
and friends of UF's
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences gathered
in the Stephen C. O'Connell
t. *Center for the 13th annual
TailGATOR barbecue. This
year's theme was "Gators and
4-H A Florida Tradition,"
honoring the 100th anniver-
sary of the Florida 4-H Youth
Development Program. As
always, TailGATOR offered
great food, opportunities to
catch up with old friends and
recognition of outstanding
alumni and students (see pages
24-25 for more details). The
event is coordinated by the
College of Agricultural and Life
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TYLER JONES Sciences.


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or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect
to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or
affiliations. Information from this publication is available in alternate formats. Visit http://impact.ifas.ufl.edu, or contact
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