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Category: Pests & Disease

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

UF entomologist Roxanne Connelly leads American Mosquito Control Association

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When questions arise about mosquito control, University of Florida entomologist Roxanne Connelly is one of the state’s most sought-after experts. Now, that expertise has earned her the… Read More

Huge, aggressive mosquito may be abundant in Florida this summer, UF/IFAS expert warns

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If mosquitoes were motorcycles, the species known as Psorophora ciliata would be a Harley-Davidson – big, bold, made in America and likely to be abundant in Florida… Read More

UF/IFAS expert: Female mosquitoes become savvy about other-species suitors

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Talk about meeting Mr. Wrong. Female yellow fever mosquitoes sometimes contend with the courtship and mating efforts of males from another, competing species – the Asian tiger… Read More

Soil “transplants” may hinder Diaprepes weevil in flatwoods citrus, UF/IFAS researchers say

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image.   Adult Diaprepes citrus weevil. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Diaprepes citrus weevil is often more… Read More

Two UF/IFAS faculty members honored for international work, influence

Nan-Yao Su, right, is congratulated by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. Click here for high-res image.   Clyde Fraisse, right, is congratulated by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and… Read More