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Category: Pests & Disease

The sound of success! UF helps residents rid yards of coral ardisia

By Susan Gildersleeve GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When a weed is completely uprooted, the sound it makes is distinctive and satisfying: audible proof that, thanks to your effort, a noxious plant has just released its grip on the soil…. Read More

UF researcher: Toxic Cane toad can kill your pet

By: Sheila Marie Shaw Media Contact: Samantha Murray, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – That croaking you hear at night might not be your run-of-the-mill frog. In fact, it might even be one deadly enough to kill your dog…. Read More

UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their… Read More

UF marks National Invasive Species Week from Feb. 26 to March 2

UF highlights battles against pests during National Invasive Species Awareness Week GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida agriculture loses an estimated $179 million annually to invasive species. This comes as no surprise to researchers with the University of Florida Institute… Read More

UF students win grants for projects that aid farmers in developing countries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences were awarded seven grants for projects that help farmers in developing countries address horticultural marketing and production. The University of Florida is… Read More

Root biologist joins UF fight against citrus greening

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.— An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s… Read More

UF study questions existence of rule relating animal size and temperature

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences doctoral student’s study turns a long-accepted scientific rule on its head. The study found that animals are unlikely to change in size as the climate… Read More

UF gets $8.7 million grant to improve nutritional quality and food safety in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) announces an $8.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over five years to fund research aimed at tackling global hunger… Read More

Solutions to citrus greening top 10 2017 UF/IFAS stories

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – From lobsters to oranges, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences embraced stories of resilience and change during 2017. The top 10 stories for UF/IFAS during 2017 include finding ways to manage… Read More

UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida plant scientist, who has created varieties of sugarcane that are grown across more than 90 percent of Florida and in several Central American countries, has been given a national award for… Read More