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Category: Pests & Disease

Decision-support tool using HiPerGator may help manage devastating avocado disease

UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is challenging Florida’s $35 million-a-year avocado crop. Laurel wilt disease is spread by… Read More

Brown Patch: A Cool Weather Lawn Fungus

There are many reasons why warm season lawns in Central Florida may have dead or dying areas.  These problem areas can result from not only insect or disease pressure, but also from cultural problems including irrigation, fertilization or… Read More

Bring Home Hydroponics for the Holidays!

Interested in growing your own? Need a gift for the green thumb? Give the gift that keeps on giving, or harvest your own homegrown hydroponic lettuce for your holiday meal! Join UF/IFAS Extension to learn about options for… Read More

Topic Tuesday: Two-Spotted Spider Mite

It finally feels like fall with cool temperatures moving into North Florida last week! Cool temperatures mean we can start planting crops that require cooler temperatures and shorter days to grow. Not many people know this, but strawberries… Read More

Privet – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Privet Ligustrum sinense and Ligustrum lucidum Two types of privet are found as invasive species in Florida, Chinese Privet (L. sinense) and Glossy Privet (L. lucidum). Both privets are a category… Read More

CALS Student Honored as American Star in Agriscience Finalist at National FFA Convention

Lauren Roberts, first-year entomology and nematology student, has had the support of the Gator Nation in developing a project that is now recognized as top in the nation. This week, the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo is… Read More

Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is the leading cause… Read More

Bats- Scary or Awesome?

Note:  All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life.  In fact, the vampire bat does… Read More

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the alert, telling a citrus grower it’s time to spray fungicide to help prevent fruit from falling off the tree. When the brand-new fruit falls off a citrus tree, post-bloom fruit… Read More