Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS scientists adapt household products to dupe and trap deadly disease-carrying insects in Africa

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Crushed seashells and vinegar could be the key ingredients in an inexpensive and readily available way to lure and trap disease-carrying insects in developing nations, according to a new UF/IFAS study. By… Read More

UF/IFAS Fort Pierce quarantine facility successfully battles invasive species

Caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida officials expressed thanks Monday for the $180,000 increase in the state budget that’s slated for the quarantine research facility at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort… Read More

Barn owls threatened by Africanized bees in South Florida

Belle Glade, Fla. — Throughout the past two decades, University of Florida researcher Richard Raid has seen barn owl populations in the Everglades Agricultural Area, centered around Belle Glade, expand from mere dozens to more than 400 nesting… Read More

Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

Caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Tiny wasp controls nuisance whitefly

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A wasp the size of a pin head may control the nuisance Rugose spiraling whitefly, which leaves a sticky white mess that becomes covered in black mold on everything from plants to cars… Read More