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Category: Pests & Disease

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

UF/IFAS professor receives recognition for early career excellence

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — One of the University of Florida’s most promising professors has been nationally recognized as an industry leader for her scholarship and service. Lauren Diepenbrock, an assistant professor of entomology working at… Read More

FAQ For Food Banks- Best Practices and Communication

This resource was created in collaboration with our friends in Extension at North Carolina State University. We will continue to share more resources from other land grant institutions across the country in an effort to provide solid, science-based… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Termite season is coming in Florida : Be proactive to protect your home, trees

DAVIE, Fla. — As spring weather makes its way in March, termite mating season is around the corner, with winged termites taking flight. Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America, so it’s important… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to present history of vegetable pests, sees hope with collaboration

About the time Hugh Smith was a graduate student in entomology and nematology at the University of Florida, his academic department was housed on the top floor of McCarty Hall in Gainesville. Steinmetz Hall, the department’s current location,… Read More

UF Flora and Fauna Festival to feature interactive science, food and fun

Who:    UF/IFAS Doctor of Plant Medicine Program What:    The public is invited to learn about plants, bugs and more at this event, which will highlight local vendors, interest groups, students and businesses. Attendees can take guided tours of… Read More

Seeking a New Pest Solution, UF Scientists Study Fruit Fly’s Gut Bacteria

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the home, they seem to appear out of nowhere. A piece of fruit is placed on the kitchen counter, and suddenly there’s a fruit fly. But the bug commonly referred to as a fruit… Read More