Category: Invasive Species

UF researcher: Nearly $1 million grant will help struggling blue crab industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National… Read More

Ronald Cave named director of UF/IFAS Indian River research facility

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — An entomologist recognized internationally as a specialist in biological control of insect pests has been named director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center…. Read More

Air Potato Patrol mobilizes public in recon of problem plant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture… Read More

Free air potato beetles available to St. Lucie County and Treasure Coast residents with invasive plant

Who:    UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in partnership with the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center will host a free air potato beetle give away for residents who have the invasive air potato vine on their properties… Read More

Bark Beetle Calligraphy exhibit opens at Florida Museum of Natural History on July 8

By Ellison Langford   Who:   The University of Florida/IFAS Forest Entomology lab has collaborated with the Florida Museum of Natural History to display a unique global collection of large bark beetle engravings. What: As bark beetles tunnel through… Read More

Florida teachers get to be kids again at UF Plant Camp

By: Dehlia Albrecht, 352-273-3665; dehliadee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While parents are getting ready to send their kids off to camps, two dozen teachers will prepare for their own summer adventure. On June 12, teachers from across the state… Read More

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

By: Ellison Langford; Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And, a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

UF/IFAS shares in $2.45 million to research tickborne disease risk

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases, a federal program has awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant to a team of researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More