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University of Florida Researchers Boost Ornamental Aquaculture

In Florida, the most valuable sector of aquaculture is providing ornamental fish, plants and invertebrates for the aquarium industry. About 90 percent of freshwater ornamental fish are produced in captivity however only a few marine species are currently… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Collier County COVID-19 Update

To protect the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff members, the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County office at 14700 Immokalee Road is currently unavailable to walk in visitors and face to face consultations. Group events and… Read More

Snow-bush (Breynia disticha) Caterpillars Are Busy Year-Round in South Florida

         Picture on top is a healthy snow-bush hedge and picture below it shows a caterpillar ravaged hedge and below that, caterpillars that have no foliage left, start stripping bark on twigs (pic by Joe Devito, RSW;… Read More

Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower views by Vovener… Read More

Olive Shootworm Caterpillars (Palpita persimilis) Can Seriously Defoliate Japanese Ligustrum by Doug Caldwell

  Top Banner: The caterpillar creates a lot of frass and webs leaves together loosely. (Pic by Lyle J. Buss). 2nd: Caterpillar and frass piles on skeletonized leaf. ( Pic by Doug Caldwell). 3rd pic: The smaller caterpillars… Read More

‘Musical Note’ Rotheca microphylla (prev. Clerodendrum incisum) Flowering Strikes a Winning Chord in the Small Shrub Orchestra.

Marc Frank UF|IFAS, Extension Botanist with the U.F.|IFAS Herbarium, alerted me (Jan. 13, 2020) to the new name, Rotheca microphylla (Clerodendrum incisum), sometimes referred to as ‘Musical Note’. This flower display strikes a winning chord in the small… Read More

Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta urticifolia, With Piles of “Dirt” Along Stems

These piles of dirt are accumulated frass and silk webbing from a caterpillar, [Pyralidae: Penthesilea difficilis],  tunneling inside the stem (photo with flower and frass by Stephen Brown, UF|IFAS Extension Lee Co.)There isn’t too much one can do… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before hurricane season. Do… Read More

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More