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Our own Cheryl Palm presents a Soil and Water Sciences Department Distinguished Speaker Seminar on Monday, September 25 3-4pm in MCCA G186. Live stream here. Archive here.


We welcome seven new scholars to visit our group for 6-12 months from Norway, China, and Turkey: Ole Bergesen, Ursula Landazuri-Tveteras, Baohua Liu, Xiaolin Li, Sigbjorn Tveteras, Omer Vanli, and Jinghua Xie.


Jim Anderson has been named a 2018 Fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field.


On September 19, we hosted a visit from Dr. Lisa Conti, Chief Scientist of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Dr. Krystal Pree and Dr. Makyba Charles-Ayinde, both National Academy of Sciences Policy Fellows serving with FL DACS. We discussed the goals of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, and barriers to and opportunities for sustainable terrestrial and aquatic food system development in Florida.


Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom recently traveled to Bangkok, Thailand. He conducted a Small Farm Precision Agriculture Workshop “A Training Program on DSSAT v4.6 and CropDSS tool” at the Sakhon Rice Research Center and gave an invited presentation at the Small Farm Precision Agriculture Seminar sponsored by the Thai Research Foundation.


Want to learn more about big data and agriculture? Gerrit Hoogenboom is presenting the 1st annual CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture convention hosted by CIAT in Cali, Columbia. A live stream available here.


Dr. Karen Garrett recently traveled with IFAS Global and CLAS to Colombia to plan collaborations with Corpoica.


This month’s issue of Phytopathology is focused on epidemiology, with a strong contribution from Karen Garrett’s lab.


The PLOS ONE article introducing the Fishery Performance Indicators has become one of the top 25% most cited papers in the journal in only 2 years. Anderson JL, Anderson CM, Chu J, Meredith J, Asche F, Sylvia G, et al. (2015) The Fishery Performance Indicators: A Management Tool for Triple Bottom Line Outcomes. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0122809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122809.

A new paper applies FPI to evaluate a development project: Impact Evaluation of a Fisheries Development Project by Jingjie Chu, Taryn Garlock, Patrick Sayon, Frank Asche and James Anderson, Marine Policy (2017) 141-149. Free access through October 28 here.


Dr. Anderson, Dr. Asche, Dr. Garlock, and Dr. Chu have authored Aquaculture: Its Role in the Future of Food, a chapter in the recently published book “World Agricultural Resources and Food Security: International Food Security”, number 17 in the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization series, available here.


Karen Garrett is teaching a new 2 credit course this fall: Impact through Networks, PLP6905 Section 27CE, TR Period 5. Outcomes in systems such as agriculture, natural ecosystems, and health care are often determined by processes that act through networks. Networks can describe the spread of pathogens, invasive species, consumer goods, ideas, and technologies. Networks can also describe associations, interactions, and transactions among people, species, and other agents. This course addresses how to anlayze the impact of system changes in networks, including an introduction to network science in R, a review of applicaitons in biological and social sciences, including current methods in evaluating impact. More information here.


The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advocates for the establishment of June 7 as World Food Safety Day as a means to raise awareness of the issue. The proposal was made by Awilo Ocheing Pernet, Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Arie Havelaar’s work with the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group forms part of the basis for this plan.


The UF International Center Office for Global Research Engagement’s Global Fellows Program is open for applications through October 3, 2017. More information here.


Congratulations to Dr. Senthold Asseng and Dr. Greg Kiker on their selection to the inaugural 2017 class of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems’ Faculty Fellows Program! The fellowship provides up to $9000 towards development of a working group and a $3000 salary supplement for two years. ISFS Fellows have a unique opportunity to build and lead a collaborative team over two years to address significant issues in sustainability of food systems and decision-making.

Dr. Asseng will lead a transdisciplinary team of crop modelers, crop physiologists, breeders and geneticists to address issues directly related to Global Food Security and Food Production and Environmental Sustainability of global wheat production. The group will identify and globally test traits to improve wheat yield, mitigate increasing high temperature stress with global warming and quantify impacts on the nutritional value of grains and the nutrient losses from cropping systems due to changes in climate and crop management. This knowledge will guide research policy on future breeding and crop management strategies across global cropping systems to enhance the effectiveness of national and international investments in agricultural research and directly benefit agricultural producers and consumers.

Dr. Kiker will investigate how intra-household dynamics such as gender roles, health and food selection/allocation compare with external drivers to influence food security, vulnerability and overall resilience of resource-limited households.  He will develop a community of practice towards household vulnerability modeling at UF with a strong gender and One-Health perspective, incorporate these concepts into intrahousehold dynamics within existing household and value chain models, and test the results against multi-country household metrics gathered through the Millennium Villages project.


Congratulations to James Anderson and Frank Asche for their recently funded proposal to the NSF/NIFA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems program:  “Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood- Energy- Water Nexus: Focus on Efficient Production and Waste Reduction”. This $2.5 million effort, a collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins and Arizona State, will measure energy and water use along the production chain of top products in the US seafood supply to target the most impactful energy and water use waste-reduction strategies for producers, processors, and consumers.


Arie Havelaar was interviewed on Radio NZ National about a range of food safety issues. The recording is available here.


Congratulations to James Fulton, a graduate student of Karen Garrett, for his selection to participate in the Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.


The newly created Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health will be housed at UF under the direction of J. Glenn Morris. The center will develop new data sources with the goal of improving worker safety in farming, fishing and forestry as part of the CDC/NIOSH Agricultural Health & Safety Initiative.


Chilean_purse_seine_smallThe Fishery Performance Indicators Manual version 1.3, by James L. Anderson, Christopher M. Anderson, Jingjie Chu & Jennifer Meredith has been released. This manual provides a framework for assessing fisheries health based on a triple bottom line, incorporating information across ecosystem health, economic health, and social health axes. It is available here.


The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has created an infographic “Nurturing Development with Animal-Source Foods”, available through their website.


The 2017 Florida Tomato Conference will be held September 5-10, 2017 in Naples Florida. More information here.


Florida A&M University's Energy Water Food Nexus International Summit 2017 will be in Orlando, FL September 21-22.  Registration and information here.


The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association presents their Annual Conference September 25-27, 2017 in Amelia Island, FL. Register here.


UF/ IFAS Live Oak and Balm Ag Research Centers will be hosting the 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hydroponics Conference December 5 and 6. Registration here.


The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways will be held December 3-6, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.  More information here.


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has released the National Organic Farming Handbook, available in pdf here.


Pedro A. Sanchez has been appointed as a Member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and will serve a 3 year term, beginning January 2017.


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 Arie Havelaar has been appointed as chair of the International Advisory panel of the newly established New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre, and will give a keynote at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Institute for Food Science and Technology on Global Trends in Food Safety, followed by an interview with NZ radio.


Gerrit Hoogenboom hosted the largest crop modeling workshop of the year, the 2017 DSSAT 2017 International Training Program from May 15-20 at the University of Georgia at Griffin.  A total of 50 participants representing more than 20 countries attended to learn more about the science and application of crop simulation models and decision support systems using DSSAT as the main tool. A new version of DSSAT, v4.6.5, was used in the training program.  In case you missed this workshop, next year’s training will be held in the same venue May 14-19, 2018.


QRMA_picture_smallArie Havelaar, Min Li, and Nitya Singh, of the UF Institute of Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Animal Sciences held an intensive short course "Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food Systems", ANS 6637, June 5-16, 2017.


The Cuban Research Institute on Sugarcane Derivatives (ICIDA), the Sugar Companies Group (AZCUBA), the Association of Sugarcane Technologists (ATAC) and the Latin America Association on Weeds (ALAM) are conducting the XIV International Congress on Sugar and Sugarcane Derivatives, DIVERSIFICACION 2017 at PABEXPO Exhibitions Center in La Habana, Cuba June 26-30, 2017.  Detailed announcement here.


The Caribbean Food Crops Society’s  Annual Meeting will be held in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico July 16-22, 2017. Registration is here.


Mark Masumba and Cheryl Palm were part of a team of co-authors who published recently in Agricultural Systems: "Evaluating agricultural trade-offs in the age of sustainable development", available here.


The Florida Entomological Society Annual meeting will be held jointly with the Caribbean Food Crops Society in Isal Verde Puerto Rico July 16-22, 2017.


The UF Faculty Fellows Program Announcement application period for Fall 2017 closed on May 31.


Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom was part of a team of co-authors who recently published  in Global Change Biology: A potato model intercomparison across varying climates and productivity levels, available here.


Karen Garrett and postdoctoral scientists Chris Buddenhagen and Robin Choudhury presented in a workshop on analysis of seed systems at Wageningen University the week of May 8, sponsored by CGIAR.


Dr. Anderson, Dr. Asche, and Dr. Garlock of the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems co-led a special session on Fishery Performance Indicators at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists’ Forum 2017 on March 22-24, 2017.


The Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is hosting a talk by Dr. Philip Thornton: Assessing climate smart agriculture at multiple scales in uncertain futures on May 8, 2017 at 4pm in 122 Frazier Rogers Hall.

The UF IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems hosted “Africa Transformational Seminar” by Dr. Jack Payne, UF Senior VP for Agriculture and Natural Resources at 2:30pm on April 26, 2017 in the Reitz Union Ground Floor Chamber. 


Dr. Anderson, Director of the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, delivered the keynote address during the Loews Hotels Farmers Summit in Orlando, FL on March 27-28, 2017: “The Future of Seafood”.


The 2017 UF/IFAS Extension Symposium April 17-19, 2017 at the UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Gainesville, FL: "A Time, to Learn, Collaborate, and Discover New Opportunities" is now open for registration here. The plenary session topic is "Food Systems and YOU: What's Your Role?" - emerging themes and trends in food systems and what it means for UF/IFAS Extension.


Christopher Barrett and Cheryl Palm authored an editorialMeeting the global food security challenge: Obstacles and opportunities ahead” introducing a special issue of  Global Food Security.


Ravin Poudel and Karen Garrett, of the Institute of Sustainable Food Systems, Plant Pathology, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute, are authors of the 2016 paper in Phytopathology which has been most frequently downloaded. Microbiome Networks: A Systems Framework for Identifying Candidate Microbial Assemblages for Disease Management​. Open access link.


Dr. Havelaar attended a meeting on Campylobacter at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle December 15-16 and presented "Sources of exposure to Campylobacter: what we (don't) know".


Dr. Hoogenboom hosted a group of 7 international researchers from ICRISAT, Agrhymet, and WASCAL for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Regional Agricultural Forescasting Toolbox (CRAFT) workshop November 29 - December 10, 2016.  More information on CRAFT and the workshop itself is available here.


The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems presents a Global Nutrition Symposium: “Nurturing development: Improving human nutrition with animal-source foods” March 30, 2017 at the Reitz Union Auditorium.  Registration here.


UF - IFAS Global hosted their Annual IFAS Global Forum and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 1:30-4:30 in Reitz Union Room 3320.


The UF Biology Department hosted a seminar 1/24/17 by Amy Vittor of the UF College of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and UF Emerging Pathogens Institute: "Deforestation and vector-borne diseases: notes from the field".  A recording is available here


UF’s Center for Latin American Studies presented its’ 66th Annual Conference:  Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century – March 30-April 1, 2017 at Emerson Alumni Hall.  More information here.


The Food and Resource Economics Department at UF hosted the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference February 9 from 9am-4pm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Fl.  Registration and information here.


Dr. Sanchez and ISFS hosted a seminar from Dr. Guillermo Galvez: "The Sugar Industry in Cuba" on Tuesday, January 24 from 2-3 pm in 122 Frazier Rogers Hall. Recording available here.


In March 2016 Sonny Ramaswamy gave a talk on Societal Challenges to Nutritional Security.  A recording is available here.


‌James L. Anderson, Director of ISFS, selected to receive first Publication Of Enduring Significance Awards from Marine Resource Economics for his 1985 article “Market Interactions between Aquaculture and the Common-Property Commercial Fishery,”


John Hernandez Nopsa (ISFS, EPI, and Plant Pathology) and Karen Garrett (ISFS, EPI, and Plant Pathology) were recognized across UF/IFAS as having one of the year's "high impact" research publications. Ecological Networks in Stored Grain: Key Postharvest Nodes for Emerging Pests Pathogens and Mycotoxins BioScience.


Dr. Sanchez and ISFS hosted a seminar from Dr. Guillermo Galvez: "The Sugar Industry in Cuba" on Tuesday, January 24 from 2-3 pm in 122 Frazier Rogers Hall. Recording available here.


The US Government Global Food Security Strategy for 2017-2021 is now available for download here.


Arie Havelaar is now serving on the International Science Advisory Panel for the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre.


Arie Havelaar presented "Foodborne disease burden - overview of the present picture and outcome of FERG" at the WHO/FAO INFOSAN "New Science for Food Safety: Supporting food chain transparency for improved health" meeting November 7-9 in Singapore.


Cheryl Palm hosted Dino Martin November 10-11th, 2016. He presented a seminar on 1pm on November 10 in 122 Rogers Hall: "People, Plants and Pollinators: Lessons from the frontline in conserving biodiversity and managing an essential ecosystem service." 



Arie Havelaar presented "The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease" at the Food, Microbes, and Health Summit at the University of Minnesota October 27, 2016.


Karen Garrett was part of the National Forum on Climate and Pests at the National Academy of Sciences October 4-6.  More information here.


Gerrit Hoogenboom conducted an international training workshop "Advanced application of DSSAT: Assessing crop production, nutrient management, climatic risk and environmental sustainability with simulations models" from October 5 through October 12, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania in partnership with IFDC and the DSSAT Foundation. More information here.


Pedro Sanchez delivered the keynote talk at the Soil and Water Science Fall forum on September 15, 2016: "Africa's progress in fighting hunger". More information here.


Karen Garrett presented her work on  Friday, September 30th at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando. More information here.


Gerrit Hoogenboom attended the 2016 CGIAR-Consortium for Spatial Information & Partners Meeting "Spurring Innovation in Geospatial Contributions to Agricultural Development" September 6-8, 2016 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington


Serge Savary and Laetitia Willocquet of INRA visited UF September 27-30 to develop collaborations with UF researchers. Dr. Savary presented a seminar hosted by ISFS in 122 Rogers Hall at 2:30 on Tuesday, September 27: "Models for Crop Diseases: Overview of Approaches & Scales"


Arie Havelaar presented the annual invited Trout Lecture on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at Michigan State University on the global burden of foodborne disease.


James Anderson presented the annual report of the state of the shrimp industry in China September 21, 2016. More information here.


Pedro Sanchez presented an update on Cuba Food Security and plans for future research collaborations on September 8, 2016 at ISFS.


Karen Garrett presented her work on the use of network models in a plant disease context at the American Phytopathological Society meeting in Tampa, FL July 30-August 3, 2016.


James Anderson attended the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade meeting July 11-15, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland.


James Anderson was invited to be on the Future of Food committee at the World Bank.


Gerrit Hoogenboom hosted the 5th DSSAT Development Sprint July 25-29, 2016 here at UF. More information here.


Gerrit Hoogenboom attended AgMIP6 global workshop held 6/28-6/30, 2016 in Montpelier, France.


Dr. Han, ISFS visiting scholar and Associate Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, conducted a survey of more than 1,500 Chinese consumers.  She along with her co-authors Dr. Chu, World Bank and Dr. Anderson, Director, ISFS, studied Chinese consumer's fresh food purchasing behavior and found food safety to be a top priority. These consumers are willing to pay more for safe, fresh food, and they're paying attention to the details: http://advocate.gaalliance.org/survey-food-safety-becoming-chinese-consumers-top-priority/


Gerrit Hoogenboom, Preeminent Scholar in ISFS, is organizing the DSSAT 2016 International Training Program "Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models. The workshop will be held at the University of Georgia-Griffin Campus from May 16 - 21, 2016. Faculty include Dr. Jones and Dr. Asseng with ISFS and Dr. Boote and Cheryl Porter with Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the University of Florida.


Jim Anderson, Director of ISFS, is participating in a UF / IFAS "Panel About Global Food Security with Rep. Ted Yoho" on May 2, 2016 at the UF Animal Sciences Horse Teaching Unit from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.


Gerrit Hoogenboom (ISFS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering) hosted a one-day brainstorming workshop entitled "Big Mechanism, World Modeling and Crop Models." The workshop was attended by representatives from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Florida Institute Insitute for Human & Machine Cognition, University of Arizona, University of Rochester and faculty of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida on Friday, April 22, 2016.


Arie Havelaar is participating in a meeting organized by FAO and RTI International to develop "FAO Risk Ranking Guidance for Microbial and Chemical hazards in Foods or Developing Countries" held April 12-14, 2016,


‌Senthold Asseng, Ken Boote, Melanie Correll, Gerrit Hoogenboom, Jim Jones and Cheryl Porter, ISFS, are participating in the upcoming iCROPM2016 International Crop Modelling Symposium, to be held from March 15-17 in Berlin, Germany. Ken Boote is Co-Chair of the Symposium, and Senthold Asseng and Melanie Correll are members of the Scientific Committee.


Frank Asche (ISFS and FAS), Roy Dahl, Diego Valderrama (FRED), and Dengjun Zhang were honored at Aquaculture 2016 in Las Vegas, Feb 23-26 with the Best Paper Award - Honorable Mention Award from the editorial board of Aquaculture Economics & Management. The award is in recognition of their 2014 paper, “Price Transmission in New Supply Chains - The Case of Salmon in France”.


James Anderson, Director of ISFS will deliver the plenary speech The Future of Aquaculture and Its Role in the Global Food System at Aquaculture 2016. Aquaculture 2016 this year will be held Feb. 22-26, 2016 in Las Vegas. It is the world’s largest aquaculture conference and tradeshow hosting an estimated 4000 attendees from over 90 countries.


Arie Havelaar and Brecht Devleesschauwer will teach a one-week intensive course in Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment from February 26-March 4, 2016.


Gerrit Hoogenboom, Preeminent Scholar with ISFS, will deliver an invited presentation entitled "The importance of variety testing data in the advancement of the next generation decision support tools" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the SCC-33 National Crop Variety Testing Group. The meeting will be held from Feb 8-10 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.


Gerrit Hoogenboom co-authors paper Evaluation of the CSM-CROPGRO-Canola Model for Simulating Canola Growth...


‌James Anderson, Director ISFS will deliver an invited presentation on, "Fishery Performance Indicators" at the Economic Advice in Fisheries Management conference sponsored by the European Commission of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The conference will be held in Malta, Feb 4-5 2016.


Arie Havelaar, Team Leader for the Animal Health and Food Safety Area of Inquiry in the USAID-funded Livestock Innovation Laboratory will join a UF team traveling to Ethiopia to discuss priorities for research and capacity building to achieve sustainable improvements in livestock productivity and marketing to increase the incomes, nutrition and health of vulnerable livestock holders in Ethiopia. The meeting will be held in Addis Ababa and at Hawassa University from February 3-8.


‌Karen Garrett, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Plant Pathology Department, received a new grant for work in collaboration with the seed systems and seed degeneration project of the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas CRP. The new work will address improved seed systems, a particular challenge in developing countries. A recent paper in collaboration with the Garrett Lab describes the need for an integrated seed health strategy in developing countries.


Arie Havelaar is delivering a webinar, "The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease: Results and Perspectives of WHO's Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)". The webinar will be held Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (10:00am - 11:00am CST). Registration will open in early January. This webinar is sponsored by Wageningen University, Marcel Zwietering, Leon Gorris, Arie Havelaar and an anonymous MMRA PDG Member.


Gerrit Hoogenboom with co-authors from Pakistan publish, Evaluation of the OILCROP-SUN model for sunflower hybrids...


Karen Garrett, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Plant Pathology Department, received a new grant for work in collaboration with the pest risk assessment project of the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas CRP. The new work will address risk assessment for key crop diseases under current and future climate scenarios in East Africa. Garrett recently presented project plans to the team at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.


John Hernandez Nopsa and Karen Garrett, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Plant Pathology Department, recently published a paper evaluating the stored wheat rail networks of the US and Australia. A UF press release discusses the work and the original paper is available.


Arie Havelaar, Chair of the The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) will travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands to participate in the FERG Symposium Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases.


The Weather & Climate Decision Tools for Farmers, Ranchers & Land Managers Conference occurred December 5-7, 2016 at the University of Florida. More information here