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Tag: Entomology and Nematology

Ambrosia beetle spreads dangerous avocado pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the laurel wilt pathogen casts a cloud over the $100-million-a-year Florida avocado industry, University of Florida researchers continue to look for clues to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The main culprit has been the… Read More

UF/IFAS Bug Week focuses on “Big Money Bugs” that generate economic damages, benefits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Call them Florida’s “Big Money Bugs” – the insects responsible for the greatest economic damages, costs and benefits that arthropods generate in the Sunshine State. This year, the University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist: Pinellas County a model for mosquito-borne disease surveillance

Jonathan Day GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As we inch closer to summer and its inevitable rain, we also head toward mosquito egg-laying season. And as we do, Florida mosquito control officials may learn to emulate Pinellas County’s mosquito-borne disease… Read More

Mosquito may play key role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis in the Southeast

See caption below article GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A mosquito species that’s very abundant in the Southeast may play a more significant role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis than originally thought, according to a University of Florida scientist. Nathan… Read More

Veteran biologist named director of UF/IFAS entomology lab

Jorge Rey GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as the Zika virus is causing concern worldwide, a University of Florida insect specialist with 36 years of experience at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory has been named the lab’s new director…. Read More

UF/IFAS study: Mow less along highways; preserve pollinators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mowing less frequently along Florida’s highways boosts pollinator and wildflower biodiversity and would likely save money on gasoline and manpower, new University of Florida research shows. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

What kind of mosquito is that? UF/IFAS course teaches you

  See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to know how to differentiate between an Asian tiger mosquito and a yellow fever mosquito? Such knowledge may be worth your while because both mosquito species can transmit dangerous viruses… Read More