Tag: biocontrol

UF experts addressing outbreak of New World screwworm fly in Florida Keys

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to the announcement yesterday that the New World screwworm fly has been detected in Florida for the first time in a half-century, experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers start to pinpoint biological control for Brazilian peppertree

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Brazilian peppertree… 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

New IFAS study shows corn plants help control major mite pest

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Add one more entry to corn’s list of abilities: helping to biologically control pests. Already a source of food and biofuel, University of Florida researchers report in… Read More

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like a pest control technician’s dream come true—eradicating hard-to-reach underground termite colonies by introducing small quantities of a pathogen or parasite, a practice called… Read More