Category: Pests & Disease

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

Book examines the use of predatory mites for biological control

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Biological control of pests, weeds, plants and animals gives “the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally sound and socially acceptable pest management,” according to a new book edited by two UF/IFAS… Read More

It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there for strawberry growers

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida scientist is trying to find an insect that will eat the fly that’s damaging such fruit as strawberries and blueberries in the Sunshine State. Such a finding… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists: Keep up your guard for West Nile virus

  Please see caption below for more information and a video, click here: http://bit.ly/1IrtbSv GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While Florida has never experienced a serious West Nile virus epidemic, UF/IFAS scientists caution the public to remain vigilant about this… Read More

Laurel wilt disease likely to increase Florida avocado prices

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers in Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry could see a rise in the price of avocados in the short term due to a reduction in domestic production, because of the deadly… Read More

Citrus greening research gets $1 million in state budget funding

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A $1 million University of Florida research project to fight citrus greening got the green light in the state’s budget. Nian Wang, a researcher with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is working with… Read More