Tag: entomology

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 newly… 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

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

Half of South Florida structures at risk of subterranean termite infestation by 2040

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Figure this: Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage annually, worldwide, when you combine harm to structures and measures to control them. Now, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers head to Brazil seeking Zika answers

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher will return to Brazil to study the ability of two mosquito species to transmit the Zika virus. The yellow fever mosquito – Aedes… 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

UF/IFAS scientists write document explaining Zika virus; urge vigilance

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although the Zika virus is spreading, even into Florida, it does not appear to have been transmitted from mosquito to person or person to person in Florida. But that could happen any time, University of… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Hand sanitizer, antifreeze can preserve DNA for citizen scientists

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few simple products, such as hand sanitizer and antifreeze, can preserve DNA in samples collected by lay people for scientific research, a new University of Florida study shows. “This is great… Read More

It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there for strawberry growers

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida scientist is trying to find an insect that will eat the fly that’s damaging such fruit as strawberries and blueberries in the Sunshine State. Such a finding… Read More