Tag: Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

UF study shows “pretty” termites do the most damage

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termites may be “pretty” in the eyes of a scientist, but don’t let good looks fool you: The prettier termites are more destructive than their uglier counterparts, a University of Florida researcher says. Scientists… Read More

UF researcher to study how birds navigate the vast oceans without getting lost

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seabirds are known for traveling vast distances — as much as 8 million kilometers in a lifetime. But just how these birds navigate over long stretches of open water remains a mystery. Now, thanks to… 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

Radio tracking helps hunt Burmese pythons

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When invasive Burmese pythons are breeding, radio-tracking one python can help find and capture more, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. Thus, UF/IFAS scientists… 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

Crested floatingheart: The lovely looking lily-like plant that clogs canals

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the crested floatingheart can help beautify an aquarium or a water garden, it clogs canals and slows drainage, particularly during heavy rains. “It’s really attractive. It looks like a water… Read More

UF/IFAS termite pioneer to be inducted into inventors hall of fame

Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, is scheduled to be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Oct. 2 in Tampa. Sentricon®,… Read More

South Florida an attractive home for invading reptiles

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — South Florida is on the front lines in the war against invasive reptiles and amphibians because its warm climate makes it a place where they like to live, a new University of Florida study shows…. Read More

Public workshop at UF/IFAS facility to discuss invasive species

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With Florida facing an increasing invasion of exotic wildlife, UF/IFAS scientists and other specialists will hold a public workshop Sept. 16 at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. The… Read More