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Category: Pests & Disease

Researcher hopes to bolster pollinators on golf courses

This spring, a handful of golf courses in Florida will become a little more “green,” thanks to a new project led by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension specialist and researcher. “In our… Read More

Backyard poultry linked to recent salmonella outbreaks

By Dr. Maria Rometo Extension Agent II Recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with backyard poultry handling have infected more than 600 people in 45 states, including Florida, prompting health experts to re-issue guidelines for poultry handling. The outbreaks have… Read More

Kids get hooked on science at UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC

Student looking through a microscope

To the naked eye, a spider mite isn’t much to look at, but when a group of second graders huddles around one of Hugh Smith’s microscopes, they see more than just a bug. “They see a tiny monster… Read More

Zika Challenge

Jim Davis is studying hard for his public health pest control license exam. In the past, getting this license wouldn’t be a usual part of his job. But with the recent public concern about the mosquito-borne Zika virus,… Read More

Ambrosia beetle spreads dangerous avocado pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the laurel wilt pathogen casts a cloud over the $100-million-a-year Florida avocado industry, University of Florida researchers continue to look for clues to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The main culprit has been the… Read More

Course cultivates relationships millions of years in the making

Not all fungal infections are bad for plants—in fact, some of them are critical for plant survival, according University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. The UF/IFAS Applications and Analyses of Mycorrhizal Associations course teaches… Read More

Avocado tree-destroying pathogen now in 61 of 67 Florida counties

    Please see caption below story GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences tropical fruit expert is doing his best to help commercial and residential avocado tree owners battle the dangerous… Read More

Sugarcane Pest Management

[Tweet “Some bugs love feasting on sugarcane. Find out who they are! #UFBugs http://bit.ly/1MpVG8K”]Sugarcane is an economically important crop in Florida, ranking behind only the greenhouse/nursery industry and the citrus industry in the state’s agricultural economy. Florida produces… Read More