Category: UF/IFAS

EDIS Update: Key Pests, Key Plants- Pines

This series of Key Plant, Key Pests publications are designed for Florida gardeners, horticulturalists, and landscape professionals to help identify common pests associated with common Florida flora. This publication, the seventh in the Key Plant, Key Pests series, helps identify the most… Read More

Scale insects are common on ornamental plants

White flecks of a different kind White flecks in the landscape tend to attract attention, especially in January. This irregular pattern is not a common site in Wakulla County’s earth toned countryside and manicured home sites. Most recall… Read More

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS Turfgrass Specialist Gets International Extension Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a child in Dodge City, Kansas, Bryan Unruh grew up in 4-H. During his first year in the organization, he attended a lawn mower safety school taught by the county agriculture agent. That summer… Read More

UF/IFAS-Developed ‘Florida Brilliance’ Shines on State’s Strawberry Industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, University of Florida scientists looked for a few characteristics in a more desirable strawberry. Among those traits was a higher yield in November and December — the early part of the Florida season… Read More

UF/IFAS Researcher: Arbor Day a Great Way to Remember Importance of Trees

ORLANDO, Fla. – With Florida’s Arbor Day on Jan. 18, more local municipalities are looking for ways to recognize the importance of trees in urban areas. Orlando has a tree giveaway program, while Tampa is currently working to… Read More

Sarasota County Extension experts provide path to future

By JACK PAYNE Senior vice president, UF Agriculture and Natural Resources The Sarasota you love is changing. Residents arriving. Concern about red tide and water quality rising. Green space shrinking. A heavier lift for the low-income to make… Read More

Roche Scholars Program Highlights Teaching Excellence at UF/IFAS CALS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF/IFAS entomology and nematology lecturer, Jennifer Weeks, had the desire to revise her Life Science for Educators course in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) to incorporate a service-learning component. The CALS Roche… Read More

Trait-Based Guidance for Stormwater Pond Plantings

What are Stormwater Ponds: Stormwater ponds are common features of urban landscapes. Recently, members of the SHED Group estimated over 95,000 stormwater ponds in Florida. These human-made ecosystems serve a very important function. They capture stormwater runoff from… Read More

UF/IFAS to Help Educate Public About Prescribed Fires

By Kim Scotto GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival is set to ignite on Jan. 26 with prescribed fire demonstrations, fire ecology tours, live wildlife, live music, food trucks, interactive educational exhibits… Read More