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Category: Pests & Disease

Out of the classroom experiences encouraged CALS student to pursue entomology and nematology degree

Noemi Soto never thought of pursuing a degree in entomology and nematology. In fact, she was once fearful of insects entirely. However, through an internship and class field trip, Soto was introduced to the world of insects, confirming… Read More

The Science Behind Maintenance Control

By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Invasive plants are a constant problem in the environment. Whether they are blocking navigation and access, or damaging native plant communities, invasives have to be managed…. Read More

Hats and Pesticides

To Hat or Not to Hat, That is the Question. It is common to see pesticide technicians in hats, particularly logoed ballcaps. They are practical for keeping the sun off while providing visibility for the company logo. The… Read More

Meet the Jumping Worm: The invasive game changer

Description and origin Have you come across an ‘earthworm’ with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy worm,… Read More

Hiring a Pesticide/Herbicide or Fertilizer Applicator: Choose Licensed

Why Choose Licensed? Did you know that the person you hire to apply fertilizers or pesticides (including herbicides) must be licensed in the state of Florida? Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed. Per Chapter 482 of the… Read More

UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio… Read More

Latest non-native lizard to expand in Florida, UF/IFAS scientists warn

Palm trees, beaches and lizards are all common to Florida’s landscape, but did you know not all lizards are native? In fact, University of Florida researchers tell us that there are three times the number of lizards in… Read More

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides to control thrips,… Read More

Relationship Between HLB and Virulence Factors and/or Plant Signaling Molecules

At UF/IFAS, we are working on finding solutions for Florida’s citrus growers. This is a summary of one project made possible by state legislative funding for the UF/IFAS Citrus Initiative during the 2018-19 cycle. It documents how we… Read More