Posted on October 4, 2016
From the USDA-APHIS website:
The presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Key deer has been confirmed by USDA-APHIS in Big Pine Key, Florida. New World screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that can infest livestock and other warm-blooded animals, including people.
See alert here: USDA Confirms New World Screwworm in Big Pine Key, Florida
Posted on August 25, 2016
During a 2015 survey, the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), was found infesting Eucalyptus camaldulensis (river red gum) and E. globulus (Tasmanian blue gum) trees in Mexico. This is the first report of T. peregrinus in Mexico and in North America.
Jiménez-Quiroz, E., J. M. Vanegas-Rico, O. Morales-Martínez, J. R. Lomeli-Flores, and E. Rodríguez-Leyva. 2016. First record of the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé 2006 (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), in Mexico. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 32(1):35-39. Last accessed August 25, 2016, from http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3954/1523-5475-32.1.35.
Posted on August 16, 2016
The Biosecurity, Research and Extension (BRE) lab at the Department of Entomology and Nematology is conducting a survey related to cruciferous crops in order to better understand the current practices used for the scouting and management of agronomic pests and invasive species in Alachua County and beyond. The data from the survey will help to identify current problems of growers in our area and how we can change our current IPM practices to help them. We are also raising awareness about a potential invasive species, Bagrada hilaris, which is currently found in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. This insect can cause major damage because of its preference to feed during the early stages of plant development, which can cause the seedling to die, or cause damage to the apical meristem which will lead to unmarketable crops. The BRE lab is currently working with this insect pest in quarantine to better understand its ability to establish in Florida. To read more about this potentially invasive pest, Click here.
If you are a grower of crucifers and would like to be a part of the survey process, please fill out the survey at this link. It should not take longer than 10 minutes of your time. Grower Survey, Cole Crops
The password to get into the survey is “colecrops”
Posted on August 3, 2016
The Center for Disease Control has issued a travel warning for a Miami neighborhood where Zika has spread. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Zika virus and its spread across North and…
Posted on August 1, 2016