Category: Invasive Species

Barn owls threatened by Africanized bees in South Florida

Belle Glade, Fla. — Throughout the past two decades, University of Florida researcher Richard Raid has seen barn owl populations in the Everglades Agricultural Area, centered around Belle Glade, expand from mere dozens to more than 400 nesting… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Tiny wasp controls nuisance whitefly

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A wasp the size of a pin head may control the nuisance Rugose spiraling whitefly, which leaves a sticky white mess that becomes covered in black mold on everything from plants to cars… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry. Red ambrosia beetles bore holes… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher finds inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world’s most common pollutants: arsenic. Bin Gao’s team used iron-enhanced carbon cooked from hickory chips,… Read More