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Tag: Entomology and Nematology

As climates change, prepare for more mosquitoes in winter, new study shows

In temperate climates, mosquitoes are generally inactive during the winter because temperatures are too cold As climate change makes winters shorter and warmer, scientists want to know how these shifts might affect mosquito activity A new study shows… Read More

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the average age of… Read More

AI could reduce the amount farmers spray to control strawberry pest

Artificial intelligence that might use smartphone images could lead to more accurate, early detection of a pest that ruins strawberries, a $300 million dollar-a-year industry in Florida. University of Florida scientists have developed a smartphone app to detect… Read More

Want to help insects? Create flower ‘billboards’ in your landscape, new research says

Insect populations are declining. New research from University of Florida gives homeowners new guidance on how to maximize their landscape’s benefit to insects. Grouping flowering plant species together in a mass of color creates a “billboard” for insects… Read More

UF/IFAS Study: Does paternal health status in mosquitoes influence maternal offspring results?

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to learning the factors that ultimately lead to characteristic differences in mosquito offspring – a key takeaway in… Read More

AI may help UF researchers identify crop-destroying nematodes

Parasitic nematodes cause $125 billion in agricultural damage around the world each year, but  University of Florida scientists hope to alleviate some of that destruction. To do so, UF researchers will use artificial intelligence (AI) to try to… Read More

A hole-in-one for golf courses: more pollinators

From duffers to golf pros to casual fans, millions of people worldwide will watch the Master’s tournament April 8-11. As they do, it may come as a surprise to know that about half of the land at golf… Read More

University of Florida researchers discover new way to potentially control citrus greening

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, FLA–   University of Florida researchers have discovered another key resource in their ongoing pursuit to find solutions to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease. The discovery brings the potential of another tool… Read More

UF scientists predict potential spread of disease vector mosquito new to Florida

UF/IFAS scientists predict where in Florida environmental conditions may be suitable for Aedes scapularis to spread, now that it has invaded the Florida Peninsula. Aedes scapularis can transmit yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, dog heartworm and… Read More

The Art and Science of Becoming a Jazz-singing Entomologist

When his eyes are not focused on insects like mosquitos, Decyo “DJ” McDuffie can be found on stage looking past the blinding spotlight at his audience, singing jazz music. As a senior entomology and nematology student in the… Read More