The pathogens mantra “keep going”
In these blog posts, we might have discussed how amazingly pathogens manage to transmit themselves. And if we have not discussed it, this type of information can easily be extracted from the many wildlife ... READ MORE
When ancient plants first evolved to live on land, they found a harsh and unforgiving environment. On land, water and nutrients are much more difficult to acquire. Compared to the watery habitats they came from, plant roots on land are not surrounded ... READ MORE
Rain, heat, and humidity generally aren’t the greatest growing conditions for roses. The hybrid teas that look stunning in a garden up north turn into leafless twigs in a Central Florida summer without regular fungicide use. Is it even worth ... READ MORE
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
A plant-loving fungus
Armillaria root rot is a problematic disease of woody plants through Florida and much of the world. There are several species of Armillaria fungi that appear quite similar, but act in the same way by infecting ... 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
To newcomers and long-time residents alike, palms make Florida a paradise to the eye and spirit. Unfortunately, there is a "little devil" of a disease that attacks our palms - Ganoderma butt rot! This fungus needs a palm host to attack and a ... 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
If your palms look wilted, off-color and are dying, check for conks (shelf-fungus) at the base of the trunk.
The conks are the give-away clue that it has ganoderma butt rot disease. It is frequently found on queen palms, areca palms, Canary ... READ MORE
When the rainy season begins, mushrooms begin to pop up all over the landscape due to the fact that mushrooms thrive on moisture. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of a fungus. Some indicate a disease to plants and others do not. One mushroom ... READ MORE