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Category: Pests & Disease

Another great Florida Panhandle summer plant: Brown-eyed Susan

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Recently I wrote about Firebush, Hamelia patens, a great summer shrub.  Today, it’s Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, a tough summer flowering plant with a profusion of sunny yellow blooms. Many more… Read More

Another great Florida Panhandle summer plant: Brown-eyed Susan

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Recently I wrote about Firebush, Hamelia patens, a great summer shrub.  Today, it’s Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, a tough summer flowering plant with a profusion of sunny yellow blooms. Many more… Read More

Pesticide Exposure: What Activities Can Lead to Exposure?

In part one of this series, we discussed risk. To have risk, hazard AND exposure must both be present. Remember Risk = Hazard + Exposure. Then we discussed acute, sub-chronic and chronic exposure, and what those mean. Now… Read More

Termite study: Scientists zero in on how termites coordinate mating behavior for colony success

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America. They are social insects that thrive through group living in colonies.  To get a closer look at how termites coordinate their behaviors and movements enroute to successfully finding mates and… Read More

Plant Pest Species Spotlight: Portulaca pilosa

Portulaca pilosa, or pink purslane, is a native Florida wildflower that is often considered a weed by Florida nursery growers and landscapers. This weed species is a member of the succulent family and forms thick mats covering the… Read More