Category: Pests & Disease

UF Scientist: Florida Crop Surveillance Network Offers State-Level Example of Proposed Global System

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing agricultural production demands and new disease threats will necessitate a global surveillance system for crop diseases, according to a new article in the journal Science. But one of the co-authors from the University of… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Assess, Manage New Fruit Bug

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already trying to help growers figure out how to effectively manage the problems created by an invasive pest  – confirmed last week… Read More

Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Advanced Special Topics Students Study Upland Biodiversity Using Trail Cams

In June 2019, Extension Agent Ken Gioeli with the UF/ IFAS St Lucie County Extension conducted the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Conservation Science advanced special topics course. This course was designed to educate people in the concepts,… Read More

2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Columbia County

The UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County Master Gardener Volunteer program works with the horticulture extension agent to educate the citizens within our county about research-based practices to use in their gardens and landscapes. Educational projects include public outreach at… Read More

UF Researchers to Study Integrated Approaches to Protect Young Citrus Trees from Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While citrus growers continue to look for best management approaches to deal with the deadly greening disease, some scientists at the University of Florida will take an integrated look at how to protect young trees,… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, I love… Read More

Exotic and invasive plants: Why are native insects such picky eaters?

This is a post by UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology graduate student, Patricia Prade, Dr. Carey Minteer, and Dr. Adam Dale. Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many invasive plant species around if we have so many… Read More