Category: Pests & Disease

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

UF/CALS endowment to Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory honors Beidlers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nicknamed the “Dean of Florida Mosquito Control,” E.J. “John” Beidler built a distinguished career in entomology that spanned decades. So, for his 90th birthday in January, his children decided to honor their parents with a… Read More

UF researcher: Nearly $1 million grant will help struggling blue crab industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National… Read More

Ronald Cave named director of UF/IFAS Indian River research facility

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — An entomologist recognized internationally as a specialist in biological control of insect pests has been named director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center…. Read More

New UF center updating research on Southeastern agricultural health and safety

By Ricky Telg GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is… Read More

Bark Beetle Calligraphy exhibit opens at Florida Museum of Natural History on July 8

By Ellison Langford   Who:   The University of Florida/IFAS Forest Entomology lab has collaborated with the Florida Museum of Natural History to display a unique global collection of large bark beetle engravings. What: As bark beetles tunnel through… Read More

Florida teachers get to be kids again at UF Plant Camp

By: Dehlia Albrecht, 352-273-3665; dehliadee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While parents are getting ready to send their kids off to camps, two dozen teachers will prepare for their own summer adventure. On June 12, teachers from across the state… Read More

UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States… Read More

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

By: Ellison Langford; Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And, a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More