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Insecticide targeting juvenile mosquitoes can enhance Zika transmissions

image - Abdullah Alomar is a doctoral candidate at Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory who led a story on insecticide resistance in juvenile Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and impacts on Zika transmission rates.

Insecticide resistance among the Aedes aegypti mosquito remains a source of frustration for public health and mosquito control agencies, medical entomologists and ecologists. Known as the yellow fever mosquito, this species poses a public health… Read More

Communicating relevant, real-time red tide events, Florida Sea Grant report explains

When it comes to knowing when and where red tides are taking place, communication is key to residents, tourists, businesses, news media and legislators. Florida red tide, a naturally occurring event in the Gulf of… Read More

Majority of Florida mosquito species are understudied, UF/IFAS survey illustrates

image - UF/IFAS FMEL undergraduate student Ahsley Malcolm conducts mosquito collection in the field for the survey.

There are 66 Florida mosquito control districts that suppress mosquito species populations by using integrated mosquito control methods. A survey of the Sunshine State’s mosquito control districts has shed light on a variety of species… Read More

Mark your calendars for One Night in the Tropics on November 6 – A UF/IFAS event for graduate housing

image - TREC graduate students for graduate housing fundraiser

In the heart of Homestead sits a site that is unique to the fabric of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) known as the Tropical Research and Education Center. On… Read More

UF/IFAS appoints visionary leader as director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Jack Rechigl

DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed center director of the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC), one of 12 research and education centers at the Institute of Food… Read More

UF/IFAS study links soil fertility, nutrient loss in organic soils to activity of archaeal microbes

Nutrient runoff within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is a highly charged concern among farmers, environmental stewards, and scientists that has served as a topic of debate for years. The latest study conducted by researchers… Read More

UF/IFAS Study: Does paternal health status in mosquitoes influence maternal offspring results?

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to learning the factors that ultimately lead to characteristic differences in mosquito offspring – a… Read More

UF study on termites’ evolution tells us they are much more than wood-eating roaches

image - coptotermes-gestroi

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Go beyond our common perceptions of termites, like a University of Florida scientist did, and you’ll find they do much more than eat wood and destroy homes, other buildings and trees.   Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor… Read More

Eco-friendly resolutions to top off your 2021 list if you live on Florida’s east coast

image - volunteers planting saltmeadow dord grass in the sand for a sea grant living shoreline restoration

SOUTHEAST FL. – January 2021 is up and running and many people like to dedicate the first month of the year to coming up with new year’s resolutions that will stick. While most want to… Read More

Cracking the code on growing vanilla: DNA mystery uncovered by latest UF/IFAS research in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed a tool to unlock the genetic traits that pinpoint the vanilla variety that produces an abundance of beans, grows efficiently and sustainably, with consumer-approved taste. As… Read More