Category: Pests & Disease

Spooky Insect Facts Unveil How Cannibalism Is All About Recycling

By Thomas Chouvenc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology DAVIE, FL- Insects can be a great source of material for spookiness during this Halloween time of the year. In addition to your usual spider or creepy-crawler, there are many… Read More

University of Florida to release biocontrol against Florida’s most serious invasive Brazilian peppertree

Mike Adams spends $250,000 every year to manage Brazilian peppertrees spread over the 40,000-acre ranch where his family has developed the Braford breed of cattle since 1937. Adams recounts years when the invasive tree from South America overtook… Read More

Growers Should Manage Tomato Bacterial Spot While Seedlings are in Transplant Facilities

BALM, Fla. — New findings from University of Florida scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease. With 37,000 acres, Florida’s tomato industry is a $520 million-a-year crop, so it’s critical to find… Read More

Hurricanes: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By: Dr. Candice Prince, Assistant Professor Flooded homes, torn off roofs, and downed powerlines – these are usually the first images that spring to mind when talking about hurricanes. While it is true hurricanes can be a major… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Florida Beekeeping Calendar: October 2019

Management practices for your apiary in October:   This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. A yearly beekeeping management calendar can be found here Additional resources: Tools for Varroa Management Varroa Sampling Methods (video) How to Quantify Nosema… Read More

New Grapefruit Rootstock, Scion Experiment Rises from UF/IFAS Experimental Grove

BY ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The world’s peerless grapefruit grows in the Indian River Citrus District. Fruit balanced with sugar and tart, and a thin rind for easy peeling, the fruit is sold mostly for export… Read More