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As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

Weed of the week: Praxelis

  Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. The weed of the week is Praxelis (Praxelis clematidea). Praxelis is a newly… Read More

Florida Beekeeping Calendar: September 2020

Management practices for your apiary in September: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. A yearly beekeeping management calendar can be found here Additional resources: Tools for Varroa Management Varroa Sampling Methods (video) Small Hive Beetle, Aethina… Read More

Landscaping for Biodiversity

This is a guest post by Kendall Stacey, University of Florida graduate and current laboratory research technician in the Dale Lab. In a time when many people are staying home, gardening and landscaping has become an increasingly popular… Read More

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Bug You

Summer rains have begun.  It is hot, muggy and buggy, and to top it all off, the chances of plant disease increases during our rainy season. While this may all seem overwhelming, there are ways to control and… Read More

A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called Noah’s Garden and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no lines, or sharp… Read More

Research update: Varroa Control

The UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory conducted research projects that led to two 2020 publications on Varroa destructor. Below are summaries of the research as well as links to the full publications. Rearing Varroa destructor in the laboratory Purpose:… Read More