Tag: Entomology and Nematology

Citrus greening bacterium may “ring the dinner bell” to attract insect

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. The bacterium responsible for citrus greening causes infected trees to give off a scent that rings the dinner bell for the disease-carrying insect, University of Florida researchers say. This finding… Read More

Color is key in controlling flies, UF researchers find

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. Downloadable video is available at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10837916/20120215_FlyTrap.zip GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a carrier of as many as 100 types of germs, the common house fly is hardly as innocuous as… 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

Mosquito threat emerges as season peaks, UF researchers report

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also an economic and health concern, say University of Florida researchers. July, August, and September are peak months for mosquito… 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

Papaya plants reduce the need for pesticides on tomatoes in Florida, new UF study finds

Cutline at bottom. Click here for a high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whiteflies can be biologically controlled in Florida greenhouse tomatoes, according to a new University of Florida study, which helps reduce the need for pesticide applications. Biological… Read More

Charles Steinmetz Hall dedication

  Stand-alone photo. Click here for high-resolution image Charles Steinmetz, a retired pest management company owner, addresses the audience at a ceremony to rename the University of Florida’s entomology and nematology department building, at the UF main campus… Read More

UF: Insecticide resistance developing in psyllid that carries citrus disease

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida’s war against citrus greening, producers face a new threat — the insects they’re fighting are becoming less sensitive to insecticides, according to a new… Read More

UF Bee College will spotlight native pollinators March 11-12

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With honeybee populations imperiled by the mysterious condition called colony collapse disorder, Florida residents should appreciate native bees for their role in the state’s environment and… Read More