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There are nearly 44,000 commercial farmers in Florida.
"There are a lot of other crops, and different species of nematodes based on them. There are eight to 10 economically significant nematodes and we’re planning to develop products for all of those."
Dr. Kelly Smith, Chief Technical Officer or Pasteuria Bioscience Inc., in this month’s Faces of Technology.
A team of University of Florida (UF) researchers are shedding light on the future of energy- efficient lighting, making dull and cold lights things of the past. The team has achieved a new record in efficiency of blue organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, which produce high quality and efficient light similar to standard incandescent bulbs. Built with organic semiconductors on large area glass substrates, the new lights have achieved a peak efficiency of 50 lumens per watt bringing the team significantly closer to their goal of achieving 100 lumens per watt.
OLEDs are used in cell phones, cameras, personal digital assistants and computer monitors. The display screens in the computer monitors have high efficiency, better color saturation and a larger viewing angle. Most recently, OLED flat panel TVs were introduced by Sony.
For more information, visit http://news.ufl.edu/2008/12/23/room-lights.
University of Central Florida (UCF) education majors will be able to put their teaching skills to the test not in a school, but in a virtual classroom this year. UCF and Florida Virtual Schools (FLVS) have teamed up for the first program of its kind where students will complete their education internship immersed in a virtual school environment. The students will work with FLVS teachers and provide instruction through Webinars and conference calls with students and their families. The six UCF students will work with the FLVS teachers for seven weeks and then spend seven weeks in classrooms in Central Florida.
The new partnership will infuse the traditional practices of teaching in a classroom with the new technologies available for students to teach online. The communication tools available for students to learn are always growing, and the virtual internships will ensure teachers are properly trained and ready to teach in the online world.
Researchers at the University of South Florida are making great strides in Alzheimer’s disease research with a new study on stress response in younger brains that clears an Alzheimer’s-related protein. The study, which will be published in the American Journal of Pathology, shows how younger brains are more effective than older brains at getting rid of abnormal amounts of a certain kind of protein called tau. In excess, tau protein causes Alzheimer’s tangles that clog the brain’s memory center. Stress proteins may play a role in helping younger brains clear excessive tau, but older brains might find the stress proteins harmful.
Researchers may be able to develop a new treatment by harnessing the same mechanism that clears excessive tau in younger brains, for older brains. The next wave of research will be a closer examination of tau pathology.
For more information, visit http://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/health/now/?p=3509.
The Corridor is a prime location for the ever-growing agritechnology industry. In recent years, Florida has ranked No. 9 nationally in the value of farm products, No. 2 nationally in the production of fresh vegetables and is home to many fruit, vegetable and citrus organizations. The agritechnology sector in the Corridor is in full bloom, making great strides for the sector nationwide and helping Florida consistently stay a big player in the industry.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS, http://www.ifas.ufl.edu) is the research and development center for Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries. The industry has an estimated $101.9 billion annual impact for the state. Throughout the holiday months, UF/IFAS tested the properties of LED holiday string lights to promote plant growth as well as serving as decorative pieces. Researchers at UF are reconfiguring the light in the LEDs to emit very specific frequencies of light that could be used to grow stronger plants that produce more fruit.
Highlands County will be home to the first ever cellulosic ethanol facility in Florida to be built by a Massachusetts-based company, Verenium (http://www.verenium.com/news.asp). Rather than processing food crops such as corn, the plant will convert renewable grasses and natural, plant waste products to cellulosic ethanol. The company’s conversion process originated from technology developed by a team at the University of Florida.
The Corridor is home to a vast number of agritechnology organizations all working to assist growers in the halls of legislation or in the groves. Florida’s commercial farmers are among the most productive in the world and the latest technology [and in the Corridor] are helping provide great products for the rest of the country.
At a greenhouse at the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotech Incubator, Dr. Kelly Smith is fighting the agricultural industry’s largest unmitigated pest problem – plant-parasitic nematodes. These microscopic worms attack plant roots and cause an estimated $100-billion in worldwide crop damage each year… but not for much longer.
That’s because Smith has developed a new technology that enables the rapid and cost-effective growth of a natural predator for nematodes – Pasteuria penetrans. Her company, Pasteuria Bioscience, is preparing to introduce the world’s first commercially viable treatment for nematodes in turf.
Smith’s breakthrough “in vitro” production process has yielded an eco-friendly product that will replace pesticides such as toxic and ozone-depleting methyl bromide, a broad-spectrum pesticide that has been phased out of use in most countries since 2005. The product also addresses nematode problems that have never been treatable with any chemical.
Scientists first recognized that Pasteuria could provide effective nematode control more than 50 years ago. Until 2003, no one has been able to reliably grow these bacteria outside the body of a nematode.
For the full story, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/FacesofTechnology09.pdf.
What happens when Knights, Bulls and Gators meet off the football field? For UCF’s Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Admissions, Tom Huddleston; USF’s Director of Marketing, Karla Willman; and, UF’s Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Joe Hice, they assist in developing a creative advertisement showcasing the research efforts of successful university alumni. The Corridor university marketing directors collaborated to share the story of three FHTCC Matching Grants Research Program entrepreneurs and the technologies that they have brought to market.
Thanks to the hard work of these three marketing directors, the ad featuring the research partners also appears in the January edition of Delta Sky in a feature on Metro Orlando. In addition, the ad can also be seen in upcoming issues of the three universities’ alumni publications, UCF’s Pegasus, USF’s Alumni Voice and UF’s Today.
Over the years, Tom Huddleston, Karla Willman and Joe Hice have had tremendous impact on the Corridor. Their help with this advertisement not only conveys the success of the Corridor as a whole, but the success of the work being produced by the universities. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council thanks Tom, Karla and Joe for their tireless efforts to carry out the mission of FHTCC to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in our 23-county region.
TECH BUSINESS PARTNER NEWS
Florida High Tech Corridor’s Faces
of Technology Début on YouTube
Each with an individual video, the Faces of Technology discuss how they are facilitating the growth and development of creativity in the region through their technology. From designing and constructing rocket boosters to creating a national database to combat cancer, these individuals now share their professional successes in a new, virtual manner.
For more information, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/facesoftechnology.
Florida Legislature Creates
Economic Gardening Business Loan Pilot Program
This loan program will help support companies that have grown past the start-up phase, but have not yet reached maturity. Support for organizations in this “gap” area was identified in the Florida Innovation Study, which was funded last year through a statewide partnership of 19 organizations including the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, as something that was vital to future growth and expansion of high-wage innovation businesses in Florida.
Seminole Community College Offers
Degree in Homeland Security
The Center currently offers programs in criminal justice, emergency medical services and fire science. The Homeland Security degree will benefit students wanting to get involved with the federal and state agencies or students seeking elective classes in the field. The possibility exists of building the degree into a four-year program in conjunction with the University of Central Florida.
For more information, visit http://www.scc-fl.edu.
Verenium Corporation Announces
Plan to Build First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
The project has also been awarded a $7 million grant under Florida’s “Farm to Fuel” initiative, designed to stimulate the development of a renewable energy industry in Florida. As the most abundant organic polymer on Earth, the production of cellulosic ethanol is essential to ensuring next-generation biofuels are cost-efficient.
For more information, visit http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=81345&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1244987.
Corridor Universities Ranked on
Kiplinger 'Best Values' List
For the complete list, visit http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/colleges.
Space Coast EDC Director Named
to Federal Reserve Branch
Tampa Chamber Committee of 100
Welcomes New Director
UF Start-up Company Garners
Hillsborough Community College
Receives Grant to Expand Technology-Based Learning
Corridor Companies Selected to
Present at Venture Capital Conference
WiPower’s Wireless Technology
Featured on the Today Show
Calendar of Events
The following events are taking place across the Corridor’s 23-county region or in the surrounding area:
Funding Start-ups with Retirement
2009 Conference for Industry and
Power Player Breakfast
STAR Tech Information Session
Grant Writing Workshop
TBTF Entrepreneur Boot
Second Annual Tampa Bay
Florida Medical Device
CORRIDOR INDUSTRY NEWS
At least 34 Florida businesses would be eligible to obtain low-interest loans from the state to help them expand under a bill lawmakers passed during their special session.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/MiamiHerald.pdf.
Stetson University’s $11 million Sage Hall Science Center opened for classes Jan. 13.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/OrlandoBusinessJournal.pdf.
It looks like it could be a prop in a futuristic science fiction movie. But for residents diagnosed with deadly tumors, Brandon Regional Hospital's newest robotic addition may be a present day knight in shining armor.
For the full article, visit
Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor is published by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Inc. (FHTCC) and its economic development partners. FHTCC is an initiative of the University of Central Florida (http://www.ucf.edu), the University of South Florida (http://www.usf.edu) and the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu). For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.floridahightech.com, or contact one of the region's economic development partners listed at http://www.floridahightech.com/resources/economicDevOrgs.html.
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