Tag: Indian River Research and Education Center

Sustainability Leader Works to Improve Community Through Education

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The 21st century ushered in the sustainability era as scientists reported the effects of climate change with greater emphasis and as sea levels began an unprecedented rise. To lead southeastern Florida… Read More

Philippines Fulbright Scholar Finds Lady Bugs Will Control Florida Red Scale Pest Insects 

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– A Fulbright Scholar from the Philippines has found that lady beetles will attack and control the Florida red scale, a pest insect that damages the peel on Florida’s signature citrus crop. Jessamyn… Read More

Experienced Agricultural Engineer Joins UF Indian River Region Scientists to Restore Grapefruit Industry

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.— An agricultural engineer whose current research projects include the simulation of agricultural management impacts on water quantity and quality in the upper Floridan aquifer has joined the University of Florida’s Indian River… Read More

$3.5 Million USDA Grant Could Help Florida’s Grapefruit Industry

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Florida’s grapefruit industry, devastated by citrus greening, may find hope in four ½-acre white-mesh screenhouses in a research field in Fort Pierce thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the U.S…. Read More

New UF/IFAS Citrus Production Guide Helps Growers Survive in the Age of HLB

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. Experts… Read More

UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of… Read More