Q: What are those little black discs?
You're suddenly finding mysterious black discs stuck to your favorite plants?
(...or your walls, cars, windows, screens, pets, etc.)
Let me guess... it's been raining lately... a lot.
Am ... READ MORE
Mush Ado About Nothing?
The promise of summer brings so many new curiosities to our landscapes. One of the most dramatic and surprising of these changes is the arrival of mushrooms in our environments. Seemingly appearing between the afternoon ... READ MORE
Now that we’re knee-deep in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool. Farmers sprayed about every week to control strawberry ... READ MORE
Perhaps the most common source of plant problems will be in the form of plant pathogens that cause diseases. In the vast majority of cases plant diseases cannot be readily cured, rather they must be prevented. In order to prevent these problems ... READ MORE
Tiny little tan sclerotium, oh my!
Southern blight, or Sclerotrium rolfsii is a soilborne fungus that has many hundreds of hosts. The fungus can be spread through movement of infested soil and plant debris, on infected plants, in contaminated ... READ MORE
Cercospora is a common leaf spot of Brassicas and other plant families.
The organism Cercospora is a fungal disease that causes defoliation of many plant species. Symptoms are seen on the leaves and are often gray in color, and may have ... READ MORE
Written by Jon Terry, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener
During cool weather in winter and early spring, some Florida homeowners begin to notice a foul-smelling fungus popping up in their yard. Although their strong rotting smell ... READ MORE
The green-spore poison parasol mushroom (Chlorophyllum molybdites), also known as the “false parasol” or “green-spored parasol,” is commonly found in the southeastern United States, including Florida. It appears on “lawns, grassy areas, ... READ MORE
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The next time you take a stroll through the woods here in Gainesville, you might want to look down – you could be walking on an undiscovered species of fungus.
University of Florida post-doctoral researcher Keisuke ... READ MORE