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UF study gives strawberry growers a ray of (UV) light at the end of their pest tunnel

BALM, Fla. — For a few years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens. Peres even published a study this year that showed the system helps control powdery… Read More

How Can a “Bee Box” Help Protect a Beehive?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that when used according to the label, pesticides “Do not cause an unreasonable risk of harm to people or the environment”. All too often it is believed that pollinators (particularly… Read More

UF wildlife ecologists teach public to help boost bluebird population

As pest-eaters, Eastern bluebirds benefit Florida farmers. Not only that, they’re cute. Two good reasons Hance Ellington has started a program to preserve them. As a UF/IFAS assistant professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, Ellington started a bluebird… Read More

Scout for These Lawn Pests

Tropical Sod Webworm Caterpillars feed on grasses Mostly warmer season, but can occur year-round Chewing notches along leaves Ragged appearance “Windows” scraped into grass blades by more immature larvae Too small to chew and notch ¾ – 1… Read More

UF/IFAS develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or plant new ones. The UF/IFAS blueberry breeding program has… Read More

Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: May 2021

Recommendations for your apiary in May: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. For more information, check out this resources: Swarm Control for Managed Beehives Originally published May, 2017. Revised and republished May,… Read More

New educational presentations available to citrus growers

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Looking for news that you can use now to improve citrus grove management?  Six new presentations from UF/IFAS researchers are now available for viewing on the UF/IFAS Extension citrus agents’ website. The… Read More

Florida-Friendly Edible Landscaping

The principles of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program are often applied to lawns and ornamental landscapes, but they can be applied to edible landscapes containing vegetables, herbs and fruit trees too! By following the nine FFL principles, you can produce… Read More

The Concept of Integrated Pest Management

Authors: Liz Felter, Ph.D., and Caroline R. Warwick, M.S. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach to managing insects, mites, pathogens, nematodes, weeds, and other pests in which multiple techniques, concepts, and practices are implemented throughout the… Read More