As I start planning for the fall planting season, not only am I starting transplants of cool season vegetables and getting ready to plant, I also am getting prepared for the pests that will attack my crops. I… Read More
A: Thanks for bringing in clippings from your plant. I was not sure about this so I sent photo samples off to the University of Florida Pathology Department in Gainesville. I was not able to discern the problem… Read More
Q: What is causing the new leaves on my ficus plants to fold in half? I have been told they are thrips.
A: After talking to you about bringing a sample in a sealed plastic bag to the office, I was able to determine they were most likely weeping fig thrips, Gynaikohrps uzeli. Since the plants at your nursery were… Read More
From the UF/IFAS Featured Creatures article: The melon thrips, Thrips palmi Karny, is a major pest of vegetables and some other important crops. In Florida, so far it is a field pest only south of Orlando. Adult: Adults… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A predatory mite might feed on a pest of cucumbers, a $125 million-a-year crop in Florida, newly published University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research shows. This finding may help growers protect… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Brazilian peppertree… Read More