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An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Apples are an ancient fruit, grown for thousands of years, and belong to the Rose family of plants. The Rose family also includes plums, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, and almonds. According to Professor Peter C. Andersen, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, the basics of apple growing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/28/an-apple-a-day-may-keep-the-doctor-away/

Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

NISAW 2016 – Tropical Soda Apple

Immature TSA fruit are resemble tiny watermelons. Mature fruit turn yellow and contain 40-50 seeds each. Photo credit: UF Hayslip Biological Control Researchand Containment Laboratory Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell”. It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds survive in the digestive tract of animals and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/25/nisaw-2016-tropical-soda-apple/

Tropical Soda Apple – Not Just a Pasture Weed

Tropical Soda Apple in Mature Pine Stand in Gadsden County Photo Credit: Shep Eubanks Every fall, about the time deer hunters begin hanging their tree stands for bow season I get calls wanting to know what this wicked weed is that is growing in the woods.  Many of our North Florida cattlemen are well familiar …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/16/tropical-soda-apple-not-just-a-pasture-weed/

Invasive Species of the Day (March 8th): Tropical Soda Apple & Alligator Weed

            March 8th: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroide) Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell”. The plant is a native of South America. It was first noticed in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/08/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-8th-tropical-soda-apple-alligator-weed/

Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 3rd): Tropical Soda Apple & Lionfish

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 3rd: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Lionfish (Pterois volitans): Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell.” It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/03/invasive-species-of-the-day-series-march-3rd-tropical-soda-apple-lionfish/