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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Originally formed as the Center for Aquatic Weeds, the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit established in 1987 by the Florida legislature. CAIP uses expertise from many departments… Read More

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

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

Soil and Water Summer Experience – Sam Glinsky

The Soil and Water Sciences Department is offering students the chance to blog about their summer experience. The students enrolled in one of three courses over the summer, for which they received credit: SWS 4905-Individual Work, SWS 4911-Supervised… Read More

Considering Iguana Meat as Protein? Consider Food Safety First

DAVIE, Fla. – Iguanas seem to be gaining ground in South Florida thanks to a perfect storm of conditions. The hot weather combined with few natural enemies and an endless array of tropical vegetation and easily accessible food… Read More

Insecticidal soap in the garden – use the right material

By Ralph E. Mitchell Insecticidal soap is perhaps the most-used pesticide in my landscape.  Its use as a topical spot treatment for many soft-bodied pest insects and spider mites is unequalled.  Insecticidal soap is still an insecticide and… Read More

Lethal Bronzing Confirmed in Marion County

Lethal bronzing, a fatal palm tree disease, has been confirmed in Marion County. This disease was first discovered in Florida in 2006.  Up until last year it was confirmed in the majority of south Florida and north into… Read More

UF/IFAS Researcher Aims to Improve Bacteria Treatments for Cows, Humans

University of Florida scientists believe they can develop new antimicrobials that will benefit dairy cattle and, eventually, humans by treating bacteria that normally resist antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria take a serious toll on cattle and humans. On the human… Read More

For the love of bugs!

“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have… Read More