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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS entomologists give reason to celebrate rice in Florida

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Rice, a global grain consumed by more than half the world’s population, totes unique versatility unlike other grains throughout history. Each country and culture has made the grain its own as center of the… Read More

UF/IFAS study finds mosquitoes bite manatees, making them vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases

image - research - manatee surfacing at risk for mosquito-borne illness

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla – Mosquito-borne viruses like West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis pose a threat not only to humans, but also other animals. These viruses have caused disease and fatalities in birds, horses and wildlife. Captive… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

FAQ For Food Banks- Best Practices and Communication

This resource was created in collaboration with our friends in Extension at North Carolina State University. We will continue to share more resources from other land grant institutions across the country in an effort to provide solid, science-based… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Termite season is coming in Florida : Be proactive to protect your home, trees

DAVIE, Fla. — As spring weather makes its way in March, termite mating season is around the corner, with winged termites taking flight. Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America, so it’s important… Read More

UF Flora and Fauna Festival to feature interactive science, food and fun

Who:    UF/IFAS Doctor of Plant Medicine Program What:    The public is invited to learn about plants, bugs and more at this event, which will highlight local vendors, interest groups, students and businesses. Attendees can take guided tours of… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree, Hemp Among Top UF/IFAS Stories for 2019

A year of impactful teaching, research and outreach meant UF/IFAS was frequently in the headlines in 2019. Here is a round-up of some of the biggest stories from this year. Brazilian peppertree Brazilian peppertree is an invasive plant… Read More

New ‘Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus’ Guide Available Now

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS Extension bookstore has released an updated version of “Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus,” a pocket-sized quick reference guide to weeds commonly observed throughout the state that may be frequently found in citrus… Read More

There’s Plenty to See, Do, Learn: UF Open House on Dec. 4 Invites Community to Engage with Science

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is committed to discovering science-based solutions that make tangible positive impacts on the lives of people worldwide. On December 4, the South Florida community… Read More