Feeding Marine Fish Larvae with Airlifts

Above: A Melanuras wrasse larvae fourteen days after hatching. UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Photo by Kevin Barden. Marine fish are raised for the food, bait, and ornamental (aquarium fish) industries. Very young marine fish (larvae) have specific food needs, and meeting these needs is one of the challenges of producing quality fish in aquaculture.1 Airlifts can help producers cheaply and effectively capture  More»

Florida’s Mangrove Forests

Mangroves are a kind of tree or shrub that typically grow on or near shorelines in tropical and subtropical climates such as Florida’s Gulf Coast. These plants are specially adapted to the wet, salty conditions where they grow.1 Mangrove forests play an important role in coastal ecosystems and also protect coastlines from erosion.1,2 Three species of mangroves are found in Florida:  More»

Thinking About a Credit Card? Consider This

April Is Financial Literacy Month If you’ve never had a credit card or you’re wondering if one is right for you, there are several things to consider before you apply. Pros and Cons How do you plan on using a credit card? Credit cards can be useful when it comes to paying for things quickly and easily, especially if it’s an emergency. You can use your credit card statement to keep track of how much you spend and on what.  More»

Green-Spore Poison Parasol Mushroom

The green-spore poison parasol mushroom (Chlorophyllum molybdites), also known as the “false parasol” or “green-spored parasol,” is commonly found in the southeastern United States, including Florida. It appears on “lawns, grassy areas, and open woods” and is more prevalent between April and November, when conditions are wetter.1 Appearance Chlorophyllum molybdites can be confused with some non-poisonous mushrooms,  More»

So You Want to Start a Vegetable Garden?

Maybe you’ve been admiring a neighbor’s vegetable garden, or maybe you think having the freshest possible vegetables right in your back yard would be delicious. Maybe you just want an excuse to get outside! Whatever your reasons, starting a vegetable garden is a sustainable hobby with many rewards. However, it can be tough to know where to start. What’s the best time of year to plant things in Florida? How should you design your garden?  More»

All about Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that helps keep your heart, muscles, nerves, bones, and DNA in proper working order.1 Who’s Not Getting Enough? Most American diets are low in magnesium, though healthy people who don’t get enough don’t show the symptoms of deficiency. The elderly and people with gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, or chronic alcoholism often don’t get enough of this mineral.2 Magnesium deficiency can cause “loss of  More»