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UF/IFAS Extension
Miami-Dade County

The UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and our local community.

(305) 248-3311
18710 SW 288th Street
Homestead, FL 33030


Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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So Many Sea Stars
Tuesday morning, January 4, 2022. The sun rose, warming up the cool air


What's Going on in Florida

2021 Brings New Conversations
2021 began slowly, but somehow, we are already into the second month! My colleagues at Miami-Dade Eco Adventures are pleased to continue the “Conservation Conversations” webinar series for the winter-spring season, with webinars once a month from January through May at 12:00pm. The list of topics and links to register are below


The View from Two Months In
Hello all, and welcome to a brand new year! I’ve been Dean of UF/IFAS Extension now for a little over two months. When I first started, I received a piece of advice from SVP Scott Angle: “Above all, just have fun!” he told me


2 Weeks…average lifespan of our collective New Year’s Resolutions
Just like my own yearly resolutions to lose weight, get in shape and be kinder, we start the year with the best of intentions. Many of us resolve to help the environment or continue our commitment to this mission


Tropical Fruit—Carambola
Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Carambola by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Carambola (Star fruit) Botanical name: Averrhoa carambola Family: Oxalidaceae Good varieties: Arkin, Fwang Tung, Kary, Sri Kembangan About the fruit: When cut in a cross-section, the result is a star


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    Moving Water from the Roots to the Top, How Is This Possible?
    Water is the most limiting abiotic (non-living) factor to plant growth and productivity, therefore, plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. For example, some large rainforest trees can use nearly 1,200 litters (317 gallons) of water in a single day! In general, the maximum daily transpiration rates tend to range from 500–2,000 litters (130-520 gallons) for individual trees depending on


    Tropical Fruit—Canistel
    Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Canistel by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Canistel Botanical name: Pouteria campechiana Family: Sapotaceae Some good varieties: Fairchild #1, Oro, Trompo, Bruce About the fruit: The fruit is bright yellow orange on the outside and the inside