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Figure 1. Adult female Xyleborus affinis. Credit: Jiri Hulcr, UF/IFAS

An ambrosia beetle Xyleborus affinis Eichhoff, 1868 (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)


July 31, 2015

Xyleborus affinis is one of the most widespread and common ambrosia beetles in the world. It is also very common in Florida. Like other ambrosia beetles, it bores tunnels into the xylem of weakened, cut or injured trees and farms gardens of ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Ambrosia Beetles, Andrea Lucky, Curculionidae, Entomology And Nematology Department, Featured Creatures Collection, Jiri Hulcr, Lanette Sobel
Figure 3. Eriotremex formosanus (Matsumura). A- antenna. B- metatibial spur. Abdomen (C) and mesonotum (D) with long golden setae (hair-like projections). Credit: You Li, University of Florida

Asian Horntail Eriotremex formosanus (Matsumura) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Symphyta: Siricidae: Tremicinae)


July 31, 2015

Since it was introduced to North America, the Asian woodwasp has become the most common wood wasp in Florida. It is not considered an economically important pest because it only attacks dying or dead trees, but the species may someday prove ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, Natural Resources
Tags: Entomology And Nematology Department, Featured Creatures Collection, Jiri Hulcr, You Li
Figure 9. Schematic diagram showing detailed morphological features of a dagger nematode, Xiphinema spp.

Dagger Nematode Xiphinema spp. (Cobb, 1913) Inglis, 1983 (Nematoda: Enoplea: Dorylaimia: Dorylaimina: Xiphinematinae)


July 31, 2015

Dagger nematodes parasitize plants. They cause economic damage and death of host crops through feeding on the roots and by spreading viral mosaic and wilting diseases, but field studies have shown that some control measures targeting reduction ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Entomology And Nematology Department, Featured Creatures Collection, Nematoda, Tesfamarian Mengistu, William K. Heve, William T. Crow
Figure 1. Parents and teachers need to be clear about their expectations for children and students. Credit: Thinkstock.com/iStock/natasaadzic

Positive Discipline: Behavioral Management Skills for Parents and Teachers, Part 3: Fostering the Parent–Child and Teacher–Student Relationship to Build Responsibility


July 28, 2015

Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn. The general goal of healthy parenting and teaching is to produce children and students who can think critically, make good decisions, and become independent, accountable, ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, Professional Development, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Alison Schmeer, Behavior And Discipline, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Sarah M. Ellis, Victor William Harris, Whitney Fung
Figure 3. If a behavior is consequential, the parent or teacher will need to intervene.

Positive Discipline: Behavioral Management Skills for Parents and Teachers, Part 2: General Approaches to Managing Behavior


July 28, 2015

When a child is locked in the bathroom With water running And he says he is doing nothing But the dog is barking, Call 911. --Erma Bombeck Research indicates that there must be at least an 8-to-1 positive-to-negative interaction ratio ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, Professional Development, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Alison Schmeer, Behavior And Discipline, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Sarah M. Ellis, Victor William Harris, Whitney Fung
Figure 3. Successful parents and teachers are encouraging and engaged in children’s educational and extracurricular activities

Positive Discipline: Behavioral Management Skills for Parents and Teachers, Part 1: Types of Misbehaviors and Keys to Success


July 28, 2015

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. (John Wilmot) Parents and teachers often experience a lot of insecurities, especially with regard to helping children manage their ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, Professional Development, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Alison Schmeer, Behavior And Discipline, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Sarah M. Ellis, Victor William Harris, Whitney Fung
Figure 2. Hands-on activities are important to engage Cloverbuds in learning. Credit: Lisa Henson

Volunteer Training Series: 4-H Cloverbuds Program: 4-H for Younger Members


July 28, 2015

Florida 4-H programs offered to children ages 5 to 7 are called 4-H Cloverbud programs and are a component of the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program. The goal of the Florida 4-H Cloverbud program is to offer age-appropriate, fun, and exploratory ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers
Tags: 4-H Cloverbuds, 4-H Volunteer Training Series, 4-H Youth Development, Amanda Squitieri, Sarah Hensley
Figure 1. General structure of dioxins and the most toxic dioxin (TCDD) Credit: Yun-Ya Yang, UF/IFAS

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Dioxins


July 27, 2015

Dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals on the earth. They are by-products of a number of human activities such as combustion of fuels and wastes containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorine bleaching of paper products, and selected industrial ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Contaminants In The Urban Environment Series, Gulf Coast REC, Gurpal S. Toor, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Yun-Ya Yang

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