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Hibiscus flowers not flowering? Scout for the hibiscus bud weevil, UF IFAS scientists suggest

Hibiscus shrubs are attractive and hardy-flowering, typically used in a variety of landscapes. They are known for reaching up to 15 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide. Many hibiscus species are native to… Read More

University of Florida faculty joins national team awarded $7.5M USDA-NIFA grant

Apple and pecan orchards are growing vulnerable to nonnative ambrosia beetles. Often considered as invasive pests, these groups of beetles cultivate and rely on ambrosia fungi for nutrition. The ambrosia beetles, which make up more… Read More

Water conservation and integrated pest management: Two concepts united by well-being

Many people probably would like to conserve more water and use less spray to control annoying bugs. But first, they must meet their personal needs, University of Florida researchers say. By “personal needs,” we’re talking… Read More

UF/IFAS investigates sorrel as a new crop for Florida

Sorrel is a leafy green plant with reddish-pink flowers. It’s hardy, fast growing, has a variety of uses and UF/IFAS is investigating its potential as a new crop for Florida. A recent field day revealed… Read More

UF experts: Salvage native plants from construction sites for future use

Sometimes, good ideas are borne from opportunity. When Kayla Hess was working on her master’s thesis from the University of Florida, she sampled a wetland on a proposed development site just north of Gainesville. In… Read More

Insecticide targeting juvenile mosquitoes can enhance Zika transmissions

image - Abdullah Alomar is a doctoral candidate at Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory who led a story on insecticide resistance in juvenile Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and impacts on Zika transmission rates.

Insecticide resistance among the Aedes aegypti mosquito remains a source of frustration for public health and mosquito control agencies, medical entomologists and ecologists. Known as the yellow fever mosquito, this species poses a public health… Read More