Tag: Entomology and Nematology

The problem expands for avocado growers: More beetle species carry deadly fungus

Please see caption at end of story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida…. Read More

Bumblebees boost blueberry yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. The news also… Read More

Male jumping spiders court whomever, whenever; females decide who lives, dies

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Male jumping spiders will try to mate with any female, but that lack of discretion could cost them their lives, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a… Read More

Neighboring termite colonies re-invade; expose themselves to deadly bait

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even after an insecticide bait weakens Formosan subterranean termites, a neighboring colony will invade the same area and meet the identical lethal fate, new University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes,… Read More

Repellant could keep dangerous beetles away from avocado trees

Redbay ambrosia beetles. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist gets $200,000 to help develop rapid Zika detection

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist will use a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health to improve tests for the detection of Zika… Read More