Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC, Florida Ag Expo to celebrate milestone anniversaries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When growers, Extension agents and scientists gather for the Nov. 4 Florida Ag Expo in Balm, Florida, they’ll celebrate two anniversaries: the 90th year of the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and the… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers seek ways to keep pathogens, pests from traveling with grain

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member says new research can help grain handlers and grain inspectors find key locations for pathogens and pests along rail routes in the United… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers earn $11M in federal grants to study specialty crops

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will work to improve avocado production, develop turfgrass with improved drought responses and combat a bacterial disease riddling tomatoes, working with $11 million in recently awarded federal… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Although it’s a niche market, guava can be profitable

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Asian guava orchards can bring nine times the profit as mango and avocado, all staples of South Florida’s agricultural sector, a new University of Florida study shows. But Edward “Gilly” Evans,… Read More

UF/IFAS termite pioneer to be inducted into inventors hall of fame

Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, is scheduled to be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Oct. 2 in Tampa. Sentricon®,… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to be inducted into pest management hall of fame

Please see caption below. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phil Koehler sees his students as the reason he’s being inducted into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame. “The thing I’ve done is provide opportunities for students, and they’ve pretty… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists: Sterilize tools before pruning Canary Island date palms to prevent lethal fungal disease

  Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS scientists urge people to sterilize their pruning tools before and after they trim their Canary Island Date Palm trees to avoid spreading a deadly disease. Monica Elliott, a plant… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist to spread knowledge at World Avocado Congress

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the laurel wilt pathogen threatening the Florida avocado industry, a UF/IFAS tropical fruit scientist will lend his expertise at the World Avocado Congress in September in Lima, Peru. Jonathan Crane,… Read More

Citrus Health Management Areas staving off greening with coordinated pesticide spraying

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s a little pesticide among neighbors?  For Florida citrus growers, it could mean saving their trees that are under attack from the virulent citrus greening bacterium threatening to destroy the state’s $10.7 billion industry. Entomologist… Read More