Category: Pests & Disease (Agriculture)

UF/IFAS study: Bringing bugs to the classroom makes everyone smarter

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Through a curriculum appropriately titled, “Bed Bugs and Book Bags,” students worldwide are learning how to identify bed bugs, where they hide out and much more. The program teaches how to prevent the insects, and… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers share safest ways to spray for Zika mosquitoes, protect bees

Please see caption below the story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida beekeepers are concerned after 2.5 million bees that were killed during an aerial spraying with Naled/Dibrom for Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Dorchester County, S.C. Now, Floridians are looking for… Read More

Zika and Florida Beekeepers

A letter from the Florida Chief of Apiary Inspection, David Westervelt: The Southeastern United States is in a triple threat situation for mosquito proliferation and control. Listed below are conditions making it favorable for the breeding and spread… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers scramble to find cure for tenacious, costly sugarcane virus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are working to find a cure or develop resistant varieties for a virus that is attacking sugarcane and sorghum throughout the Everglades agricultural… Read More

As zika spreads, UF/IFAS faculty on front lines battling the virus

Photo of an Aedes aegypti mosquito. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty are on the front lines in the battle against the zika virus, as entomologists study the ability of at… Read More