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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS experts find feral hog control efforts often fail, now investigating why

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feral hogs wreak havoc on Florida’s natural areas but a new University of Florida study shows that control measures often fail; now, researchers are investigating how the… Read More

UF/IFAS creates math-based model to show how citrus greening spreads within tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have created a mathematical model that shows how citrus greening is transmitted within an infected tree – an important step toward helping scientists understand the devastating disease. The model, published this… Read More

UF/IFAS study suggests growers should monitor for tomato thrips carefully

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — South Florida vegetable growers worried about the invasive tomato thrips should make certain they’re looking for the pest in the right places, say University of Florida researchers. Also known as common blossom thrips, the species… Read More

UF researchers find natural product that boosts plant defense against root pests

Click here for high resolution photo. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered a natural compound to battle insect pests that plague gardeners and growers. The compound boosts crops’ resistance to pest attacks… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows how diet affects lab-raised mosquitoes in medical studies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most people try to avoid feeding hungry mosquitoes, but for some medical researchers it’s a different story. Lab-raised mosquitoes are used in studies investigating how the blood-sucking insects transmit viruses and parasites. Those mosquitoes must… Read More

UF/IFAS dedicates conference center at Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Since 2000, the University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra has been “an idea place” where new crops and production techniques are tested. Now, it’s a place where new ideas can… Read More

UF/IFAS research looks at impact on honeybees from chemicals and mites

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida honeybee researcher Jamie Ellis is interested in what happens to bees that encounter chemicals and Varroa mites — but he’s even more interested in how younger bees fare long-term after facing those… Read More

Citrus greening bacterium may “ring the dinner bell” to attract insect

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. The bacterium responsible for citrus greening causes infected trees to give off a scent that rings the dinner bell for the disease-carrying insect, University of Florida researchers say. This finding… Read More

Color is key in controlling flies, UF researchers find

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. Downloadable video is available at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10837916/20120215_FlyTrap.zip GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a carrier of as many as 100 types of germs, the common house fly is hardly as innocuous as… Read More