Category: Pests & Disease

Biological Control Successes in Florida

air potato leaf beetles

A UF/IFAS publication is available showcasing biological control success stories in Florida.  UF/IFAS Research and Extension specialists are addressing the invasive plant and insect problem in Florida. These experts develop integrated pest management techniques that often incorporate the… Read More

UF/IFAS Faculty Celebrate Successful Completion of the Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

Research and extension faculty with UF/IFAS have reached successful completion of the five-year Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program. UF/IFAS project partners are: Dr. Carey Minteer (lead) with the Indian River Research and Education Center and Ken Gioeli… Read More

Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Advanced Special Topics Students Study Upland Biodiversity Using Trail Cams

Photo by Trail Camera

In June 2019, Extension Agent Ken Gioeli with the UF/ IFAS St Lucie County Extension conducted the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Conservation Science advanced special topics course. This course was designed to educate people in the concepts,… Read More

Agamas “Rainbow Lizards” on the Treasure Coast: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project

Rainbow agama

For their Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course final project, Marko Sillanpaa and Chloe Lloyd conducted observational research on rainbow agamas on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final project… Read More

2019 Air Potato Management Online CEU Training Course

  Download the Workbook.  To read the TAME Air Potato Workbook (1.6 MB pdf), you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader. View video: “Air Potato Extension Needs Assessment Webinar“.  Download Fact Sheet:  “Natural Area Weeds: Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)” Complete… Read More

Human and Environmental Risks for the Use of Glyphosate Herbicide in Weed Control

Spanish Needle and Butterfly

Glyphosate is an herbicide commonly used in Florida landscapes and agriculture.  UF/IFAS is committed to safety and supports integrated pest management as the first line of defense against weeds and other pests, including the use of glyphosate herbicide… Read More

Managing Mosquitoes During Hurricane Season

mosquito

  Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and continues until November 30th.  With heavy rains comes pooling water and mosquito breeding.  Fortunately, in St Lucie County we have a well-managed mosquito control district.  These dedicated employees… Read More