Biology and Management of Long-Stalked Phyllanthus in Ornamental Crop Production

Picture Name: 06122S Chestnut Hill Nursery, near Gainesville, FL. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright

This 5-page fact sheet discusses the characteristics of long-stalked phyllanthus and explains how to control its growth in a nursery environment. Written by Theresa Chormanski, Chris Marble, and Lyn Gettys, and published by the UF Department of Environmental… Read More

Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide, 3rd Edition

citrus groves, florida, oranges, leaves, trees. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Information about citrus rootstocks has become an important part of understanding and managing citrus greening (Huanglongbing or HLB). This selection guide covers 20 characteristics of 45 citrus rootstocks and explains its methodology in detail. This 3-page fact sheet… Read More

Florida Carpenter Ants

Camponotus floridanus, Credit: Buss

Carpenter ants are in the genus Camponotus, in which up to over 900 species have been described worldwide. They get their common name, “carpenter ant,” because some species excavate nests in wood. Carpenter ants are sometimes called bulldog… Read More

African Honey Bee: What You Need to Know

Figure 1. Exposed African bee nest on a tree limb.

African honey bees entered the United States in the early 1990s and have since spread throughout the Southwest and Southeast, including parts of Florida. Compared to European bees, African bees are highly aggressive when disturbed and are more… Read More

How to Dissect Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) to Detect Tracheal Mites (Acarapis woodi Rennie)

Figure 10. Five tracheal mites visible in a dissected honey bee trachea (140× magnification).

Tracheal mites are parasites of the western honey bee and negatively impact the health and productivity of an infested colony. This 6-page fact sheet details the method of dissecting honey bees in order to diagnose tracheal mites. Written… Read More

Biology and Management of Mulberry Weed (Fatoua villosa) in Ornamental Crop Production

Figure 4. Mulberry weed flowers. Note purplish hue of flowers and location in leaf axils. Credit: Annette Chandler, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

This 4-page fact sheet discusses the characteristics of mulberry weed (Fatoua villosa) and explains how to control its growth in a nursery environment. Written by Chris Marble and Shawn Steed, and published by the UF Department of Environmental… Read More

Seafood Knowledge, Perceptions, and Use Patterns in Florida: Findings from a 2013 Survey of Florida Residents

portion of report cover, still life of Florida seafood

Over the past few years, consumers have begun to pay more attention to the nutritional benefits, sustainability, and environment impact of consuming seafood. However, media coverage of these concerns may leave consumers confused and uncertain about how they… Read More

Australian cockroach Periplaneta australasiae Fabricius (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattidae)

Figure 2. Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae Fabricius nymphs feeding in a group. Credit: Lyle J. Buss, University of Florida

Australian cockroaches are the most common outdoor cockroach in southern Florida. Though they typically stay outdoors, Australian cockroaches may also venture inside and live among humans. This 4-page fact sheet covers the Australian cockroach’s distribution and habitat, biology,… Read More

Managing Conflicts with Wildlife: Living with Panthers

Figure 1. A Florida panther. Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

Panthers help maintain populations of some native species and control nuisance species such as wild hogs. They are generally secretive and rarely bother people, but there are rare situations where panthers can become dangerous or damaging. In this… Read More