Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS Researchers Continue Work on Saving Guacamole’s Key Ingredient

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — There is no shortage of interest or appetite for guacamole. When you consider the endless variety of recipes for dishes and dips that you can dig into, coupled with an annual designation of September 16… Read More

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

What is happening with the Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia) Insect Release?

Local, state, and federal agencies came together to release dozens of vials containing thrips (Pseudophilothrips ichini) insects in Saint Lucie, Collier, and Broward counties, Florida on July 16, 2019. These thrips are native to South America and are… Read More

UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Originally formed as the Center for Aquatic Weeds, the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit established in 1987 by the Florida legislature. CAIP uses expertise from many departments… Read More

UF/IFAS Faculty Celebrate Successful Completion of the Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program

Research and extension faculty with UF/IFAS have reached successful completion of the five-year Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program. UF/IFAS project partners are: Dr. Carey Minteer (lead) with the Indian River Research and Education Center and Ken Gioeli… Read More