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Category: Pests & Disease

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… 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… 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… Read More

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… 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… 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… Read More