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 it is time to dig beyond ... READ MORE
A recent find from a homeowner in New Smyrna Beach (Volusia County) has us scratching our heads. A resident was pruning his pink Powderpuff tree (Calliandra haematocephala), when it led him to the discovery of Thorn bugs, Umbonia crassicornis ... READ MORE
Every so often while I am enjoying a walk through the garden, I notice a growth pattern on a plant that is just not normal. One of the more interesting patterns I see is called fasciation. This is a distortion of plant tissue that often causes ... READ MORE
The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI) has found an alarming invasion of Blue tilapia that has replaced the native fish population in Silver Springs State Park based on a recent survey.
In 2019, Blue tilapia made up 25% of the ... READ MORE
A new species of thrips was first reported on beans in Miami-Dade County in 2020. The size of this insect is very tiny, only about one millimeter long. They mainly stay within vegetable crop flowers, and damage the flowers. This new thrips species, ... READ MORE
Pesticides are hazardous, they are designed to repel, kill, or otherwise disrupt the lifecycle of living organisms. Pesticides can be toxic and even poisonous. These are all true statements, but a hazard, by itself, is not necessarily a problem. ... READ MORE
Loss of biodiversity is one of the major threats to the world. Pollen nectar provides food for insects, which helps to pollinate our food crops, eat pests, and provide food for other wildlife. You can be part of the solution ... READ MORE
The United States Environmental Protection Agency requires individuals wishing to purchase or use Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) be properly licensed/certified. States then carry out those plans through approved certification and training plans. ... READ MORE
How you landscape matters! Did you know that how you mow impacts how much water your yard might need? Or that what gets pruned could cause an unnecessary wound? Did you know a lot of your lawn issues can be solved with proper mowing and a calibrated, ... READ MORE
Q: What's wrong with my basil?
Here at Extension, we receive a lot of questions about struggling basil. One of the most common issues? A devastating disease called “basil downy mildew” which has become very widespread over the past few years... ... READ MORE