Category: Pests & Disease

UF develops first high-altitude device to help detect health threats from the sky

Click here for high-resolution version. Caption at bottom. African dust video GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is exploring whether the latest plant, animal or human health threats will come from the sky. Using the first… Read More

UF researchers identify citrus cultivars that show promise in battle against greening

Click above for video about citrus breeding and citrus greening research. Click here for photo. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have some encouraging results in the battle against citrus greening. They have identified… Read More

UF/IFAS research: termite ‘poop’ nest material creates natural antibiotic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkn0kp4FsVc GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For some 50 years, scientists have tried — but failed — to find a way to use microbes as a means of biological control for destructive subterranean termites. University of Florida researchers have now… Read More

UF study helps quantify biodiversity decrease around farmland

Click here for photo. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Animal biodiversity suffers near conservation areas that border big farms, and the effects can spread for miles, according to a new study by University of Florida researchers and… Read More

UF helping develop insecticide to target malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In malaria-ridden parts of Africa, mosquito netting protects people from being infected while they sleep; now, a University of Florida entomologist wants to improve the netting by… Read More

UF Oyster Recovery Team issues findings: Drought and salinity major issues, not oil

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There is no evidence that pollutants from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill contributed to the “unprecedented” decline in recent Apalachicola Bay oyster populations, according… Read More