Tag: Entomology and Nematology

UF studies show what some bugs do for love, like sacrificing a leg

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Males of many species must compete for mates, often using body parts scientists call “weapons” to defeat their opponent, survive and in some cases, produce more offspring, University of Florida researchers say. As an example,… Read More

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

UF/CALS endowment to Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory honors Beidlers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nicknamed the “Dean of Florida Mosquito Control,” E.J. “John” Beidler built a distinguished career in entomology that spanned decades. So, for his 90th birthday in January, his children decided to honor their parents with a… Read More

UF scientist recognized for research in mosquito-borne disease control

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance. That boundless need to know has paid off for Bloomquist,… Read More

It’s tougher to reproduce when you change diets – just like a bug

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the constant introduction of invasive species worldwide, thousands of types of wildlife eat new food, weakening their ability to reproduce, says a University of Florida scientist. That, in turn could lead to a reduction… Read More

They can do algebra, but do they have life skills? 4-H preps kids for adulthood

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most kids can’t wait to grow up. But today, many parents are concerned that their children aren’t ready to enter the adult world, according to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More

UF/CALS Ph.D. student receives university-wide graduate teaching award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Michael Vickers, a second-year entomology and nematology Ph.D. student in the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, was honored with a university-wide graduate student teaching award at a ceremony on May 5…. Read More

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

UF/IFAS entomology department, others take top spots in global ranking

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Center for World University Rankings has named the University of Florida entomology department first in the world among more than 26,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. Other programs in the UF Institute of Food… Read More