Category: Invasive Species

UF/IFAS entomology department is new home to School of Ants project

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The nationwide School of Ants has set up shop at the University of Florida, but picnickers can relax – none of its “students” are the six-legged… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows invasive leaf beetle could threaten cole crops in cold climates

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gulf Coast farmers know that the invasive yellowmargined leaf beetle loves cooler temperatures, devouring leaves on turnips and other cole crops in fall and winter; now, a… Read More

Push-pull approach could keep Western flower thrips off peppers, UF/IFAS researchers say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Repelling Western flower thrips from Florida’s bell peppers could be as simple as giving the insects a push and… Read More

Crazy ant control strategies taking shape for UF/IFAS researchers

Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Their name is comical, but when crazy ants infest a neighborhood it’s no laughing matter. The fast-moving, invasive insects are present in Florida and several other… Read More

Beneficial bacteria control effects of Southern corn rust, aflatoxin in silage, UF/IFAS researchers find

  Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Corn silage is an important dairy feed but it sometimes harbors an unwelcome addition – Southern corn rust, a fungal disease that thrives under hot,… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows banker plants can protect greenhouse crops from whiteflies, thrips

  Cutlines at bottom GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Keeping valuable greenhouse crops safe from whiteflies and thrips may become easier for producers, thanks to a new study on banker plants from the University of Florida and U.S. Department of… Read More

Laurel wilt disease not spread by fruit, seeds from infected avocado trees, UF researchers say

  Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Though laurel wilt remains a top concern for Florida avocado growers, a new University of Florida study is cause for some relief – the disease… Read More

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 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