Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS researchers find chemicals that treat citrus greening in the lab

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, a disease devastating Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. It is the first step in a… Read More

Who’s fooling who? Species communicate, ‘eavesdrop’ and play tricks near infected trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four species communicate with and sometimes trick each other around a scent produced by greening-infected citrus trees, a new University of Florida study finds. Communication between species is common but almost always is described between… Read More

UF/IFAS is crawling with excitement as annual Bug Week nears

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting its second annual Bug Week May 19-23 with activities for students, families and bug lovers around the nation. “The UF Department of Entomology… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers start to pinpoint biological control for Brazilian peppertree

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Brazilian peppertree… Read More