Skip to main content
Food System Institute logo
Food System Institute logo

Please contact Cathy Bester at cbester@ufl.edu to be added to our listserv to be informed of news, activities, and events of interest.


2020 NEWS

    • The UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the UF/IFAS Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research, recognizing the best thesis and best dissertation completed during the last calendar year. This year, in addition to identifying an overall best thesis and overall best dissertation, we also identified a best thesis and best dissertation in each of our major focus areas: (1) Agricultural Systems, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Human Systems. Recipients of these awards include Jordan Moor (advised by Dr. Jim Anderson) for Best Thesis in Human Systems, and Dr. Achilles Vieira Neto (advised by Dr. Jose Eduardo Santos) for Best Dissertation in Agricultural Systems and OVERALL BEST DISSERTATION:, both members of the UF Food Systems Institute.
    • FSI is pleased to bring to your attention a Special Section in Marine Policy dedicated to application of the ‘new metrics,’ the Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs). Jim Anderson has been working with Frank Asche (UF-IFAS, SFRC), Taryn Garlock (UF-IFAS, FSI), Chris Anderson (U Washington), Jingjie Chu (World Bank) and many others for more than a decade to develop and apply the FPIs to fisheries systems around the world. The FPIs are designed for evaluating and comparing the performance of the world’s fisheries management systems in aligning ecosystem health and human well-being (Anderson, Anderson, Chu, Asche et al. 2015 and Asche, Garlock, Anderson et al. 2018). Emphasis is on the triple bottom line of environmental sustainability, economic performance, and community well-being.
    • Congrats to Frank Asche, Jim Anderson and Taryn Garlock on receiving funding from Sea Grant for "Economics of Risk in U.S. Aquaculture Production and Markets" Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture. (January 27, 2021)
    • National Study Refines Proportion of Illness Due to Microbes in Food, Water. UF researchers led a comprehensive study estimating the proportion of food- and waterborne diseases in the US attributable to five major transmission pathways. University of Florida food safety expert Arie Havelaar, a microbiologist in UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (Food Systems Institute) who specializes in microbial risk assessment and food safety, is the study’s senior author.(January 5, 2021)
    • Four UF/IFAS faculty members elected AAAS fellows, breaking previous record. Four UF/IFAS faculty members have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This surpasses the record set last year when three UF/IFAS faculty members became fellows in a single year. One of these new AAAS fellows, Geoffrey Dahl, is a faculty member of the UF Food Systems Institute. (November 24, 2020)
    • Ricardo Alcala-Briseno, UF plant pathology grad student (Garrett Lab) with the UF Food Systems Institute and Emerging Pathogens Institute, had a top-viewed poster at the International APS virtual meeting -his project includes new 'AI' approaches to virome analyses within samples and across continents - to view his poster visit: Top Viewed ePosters of Plant Health 2020 (October 21, 2020)
    • Arie Havelaar of the UF Food Systems Institute, Preeminent Professor of Global Food Safety and Zoonoses in the Animal Sciences Department, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute has accepted a position on the Scientific Advisory Board of the EU-funded Versatile Emerging Infectious Disease Observatory (VEO), for more information on their mission and activities, visit: VEO (October 7, 2020)
    • The $7.265 million, four-year grant awarded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), involves what the project’s lead scientist considers a “dream team” of food safety researchers from 10 universities across the country and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. UF researchers receive a multi-million grant to improve food safety in fresh produce (Sept 17, 2020)
    • The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable. New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale (July 10, 2020)
    • Congratulations to Gerrit Hoogenboom on a new publication "Agronomic data and the coronavirus epidemic" in The Journal of Agricultural Science (August 13, 2020)
    • Arie Havelaar was interviewed by Adam Ragusea "Where foodborne illness happens" via YouTube. (Aug 10, 2020)
    • UF Emerging Pathogens Institute Blog " Evaluating Global Crop Risks: How Crop Landscapes Affect Disease" on a new publication in BioScience authored by Karen Garrett and a team of international researchers. Current disease and pest risks to potato, cassava, sweet potato, yam and banana/plantain were reviewed. In addition, they also proposed a new model for assessing the risk from pathogens and pests to these crops globally and prioritized key areas for surveillance and mitigation. . When it comes to managing risks to food crops from pathogens, landscape connections may be just as key to the spread of diseases as are networked trade routes and a changing climate. (Aug 5, 2020)
    • Congratulations to Senthold Asseng and coauthors on a new publication "Wheat yield potential in controlled-environment vertical farms" in the journal PNAS (July 27, 2020)
    • Congratulations to Greg Kiker and coauthors on a new publication "Network analysis of regional livestock trade in West Africa" in the journal PLOS ONE. (May 14, 2020)
    • Blog on the recent workshop " Scientists from IITA, Wageningen and University of Florida are Optimizing Crop Models for Improved Predictions". The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project scientists are working on optimizing crop models to improve the prediction of the AKILIMO decision support tools. The team, including Gerrit Hoogenboom from the University of Florida, is evaluating the performance of the Light Interception and Utilization (LINTUL) and Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) to predict the attainable yield of cassava under well managed agronomic field trial. (June 22, 2020)
    • Blog on the recent "Hackathon For Building the Agricultural Research Data Network", part of a project called the Agricultural Research Data Network (ARDN), which was funded by a NIFA FACT grant (2019-67021-29921). This hackathon was led by a team from UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering/Institute for Sustainable Food Systems including Gerrit Hoogenboom and Cheryl Porter. (May 9, 2020)
    • Congratulations to Frank Asche on his achievement of exceeding 10,000 career citations in his Google Scholar profile.  This reflects a substantial and impactful body of work, especially in the field of natural resource economics! To learn more about Frank Asche's body of research publications, visit his Google Scholar Profile.
    • Congratulations to Karen Garrett and coauthors on a new publication "Effective Altruism as an Ethical Lens on Research Priorities" in the journal Phytopathology. (February 19, 2020)
    • Congratulations to Frank Asche and coauthors on a new publication "Seasonal Harvest Patterns in Multispecies Fisheries" in the journal Environmental and Resource Economics. (January 29, 2020)
    • The Future of Food Forum livestream recording is now available for online on-demand viewing. "Future of Food Forum"

2019 NEWS

Food Systems Institute at the University of Florida