UF researchers ask, ‘What if oncologists thought like ecologists?’

Above: Like ants in a colony, cancer cells must communicate with each other to survive. Getty Images

What do wildlife and cancer cells have in common?

Quite a lot, argues a new article authored by University of Florida researchers.

The article is the latest piece of scholarship to emerge from a decade-long collaboration among three scientists: Brent Reynolds, professor in the Lillian S. Wells department of neurosurgery at UF Health; Madan Oli, professor in the UF/IFAS department wildlife ecology and conservation; and Monika Oli, senior lecturer in the UF/IFAS department of microbiology and cell science.

The authors hope their work will provide a theoretical basis for future applied cancer research.

“In this paper, we draw parallels between ecological systems and cancer cell biology,” Madan Oli said. “We think that an eco-oncological perspective can help guide new research on cancer recurrence, metastatic tumors, treatments and improving patients’ quality of life.”

The article makes the case that oncologists and ecologists study fundamentally the same thing, Reynolds said.

“When I started to spend time with Madan and other ecologists, I realized that the conversations they were having were very similar to the conversation I was having with oncologists. We were all talking about populations—in the ecologists’ case, animal or plant populations, in the oncologists’ case, populations of cells,” Reynolds said.

Like cells that turn cancerous, animal and plant populations can get out of control or invade new areas, which affects the health of the entire ecosystem, the authors say.

A visual abstract for the study
A visual abstract that illustrates the main ideas of the study. Credit: Maya Oli

However, there was one big difference between the two disciplines, Reynolds explained.

“The ecologist’s goal is to keep populations stable and keep pests and invasive species at low levels. In comparison, the oncologist’s goal is to eliminate a population of cancer cells altogether,” Reynolds said. “But, as an ecologist or a microbiologist will tell you, totally eliminating a problematic animal, plant or bacterium can have negative side effects.”

For example, pesticides and antibiotics can kill beneficial insects and beneficial bacteria, respectively. They can also lead to organisms that are resistant to those pesticides or antibiotics.

“This is natural selection. Some individuals are going to be naturally resistant to a control measure, and they will survive and reproduce. Eventually, most of the population is not going to respond to the treatment,” said Monika Oli.

This same phenomenon can happen during cancer treatment, in Reynolds’ comparison. “In oncology, when we are giving a patient chemotherapy or radiation, the goal is to kill all the cancer cells. But this also damages healthy cells, and some cancer cells will be resistant to the treatment. These resistant cancer cells can go on to form tumors of their own,” he said.

In the article, the authors suggest that oncological research might look to integrated pest management for new approaches to cancer treatment.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is commonly used today in agriculture, environmental horticulture and natural area conservation. IPM combines several different pest control practices rather than relying on one. For example, in addition to some pesticide use, a farmer using IPM might create conditions that benefit insects that eat the target pest. This minimizes negative side effects of pest control while keeping pest populations at relatively low levels.

“In the paper, we use the analogy of ‘death by a thousand cuts’ to talk about what new approaches to cancer treatment might look like. The idea is to use a combination of treatments that make conditions unfavorable to cancer,” Monika Oli said.

Reynolds’ clinical research has explored some of these treatments.

For example, his lab has investigated ways to deprive tumors of glucose, their main food supply. “In a population of animals, if you limit their food supply, their birth rates are going to decrease. We’ve found that if you limit the supply of glucose to a tumor, the tumor shrinks,” he said.

He has also researched ways to disrupt cancer cells’ ability to communicate with each other. Reynolds’ study indicated that blocking the communication channels between cancer cells made tumors more susceptible to chemotherapy.

Madan Oli compares this to scrambling communication in a colony of ants, hive of bees or school of fish.

“The survival of organisms like ants, bees or schooling fish depends on them talking to each other. Without that, they can’t share information about food or coordinate a defense. So, the question is, what if you could do that but with cancer cells in a tumor?” Madan Oli said.

The article, “Eco-oncology: Applying Ecological Principles to Understand and Manage Cancer,” is published in the journal “Ecology and Evolution.”

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Posted: September 10, 2020


Category: Health & Nutrition, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: Cancer, Madan Oli, Microbiology And Cell Science, Monika Oli, News, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation


Comments:

Kirsten Romaguera

February 24, 2022

Hi Cheryl, that's exciting! I'm certain the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County office would be happy to hear from you. You can find contact info at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/collier.

Cheryl Sims
February 21, 2022

I’m going to be staying in Collier County the month of March and am a master gardener volunteer from Franklin county in Ohio. I would like to know more about projects in your area. I have also spent some time in Vero Beach recently and installed a native planting at a residential location.

Kirsten Romaguera

January 21, 2022

Thank you for your interest in assisting! Columbia County did participate this year and I'm sure would love to include your schools in the 2022 challenge. It will start all over again Oct. 1! https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/columbia/

Pamela Hartopp
January 21, 2022

I would love to help with this, I noticed that Columbia County was not listed. What do I have to do to help with this. The school I work at collected over 15,000 items for our local food bank this past October.

David Futch
December 15, 2021

What a great story. All Gators are proud of Hope Hersh and wish her success. Go Gators and Go Team Space Bread!

Ben E
December 9, 2021

Looks like it would be pretty tasty down here too.

BILLY L GIBSON
December 7, 2021

Thanks Ken. You were a major influence and on how I run my eco tourism company. Keep up the good work.

Mary Rozelle
December 7, 2021

Thank you Ken for all of your hard work and dedication. I was blessed to participate in your classes. Since then you have been a valuable resource when I’ve needed help or information.

D Klassen
December 3, 2021

Absolutely awesome. A project that makes sense. I want to see sweet rolls...

Robin Harris
November 20, 2021

Fascinating guy to talk to. He is knowledgeable and entertaining which makes learning from him interesting and fun!

Kirsten Romaguera

November 11, 2021

Hi Kristopher, thanks for the question! You can find the contact information and hours for the Duval County office at http://duval.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Kristopher Smith
November 11, 2021

Two neighborhood based organizations with community gardens in New Town and North Riverside are looking for assistance with design and horticulture. Can you advise how we can make an appointment with Jax staff to get the ball rolling? Thanks in advance.

Darryl Palmer
October 20, 2021

Very informative and the archival photos are great! NFREC has a wealth of historical resources. Thank you!

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Lourdes Mederos

October 4, 2021

Thank you. Much appreciated. Dr. Chouvenc is available for interviews.

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October 4, 2021

This ia extraordiarily intriguing! In terms of evolution, a fascinating phenomenon although its sigificance yet to be elucidated. A fine piece!

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July 10, 2021

I am a resident of Texas, a lifelong wannabe farmer, this software is one of the most useful tools imaginable. The people of the Great State of Florida should be proud of the work presented here!!!!!!!

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June 25, 2021

very helpful article . thanks for sharing

Elinor Tucker
June 24, 2021

My ottb Halo who is now 16 years old has been suffering for 11 years. I have tried every product on the market. Plus acupuncture and now I have him in a stall with an AC during the day and turned out at night. He's managing well but I'm not able to ride him much during the hotter months. I live near Tampa Bay. I would love to move him us north and I have trying to find him a home off and on for years with no luck. I'd love to get him into a study if possible.

Terra Evans
June 24, 2021

I have a horse that is 18 years old that suffers from this condition horribly. Every summer I am afraid he won't make it through the Arkansas summers. If you would like to use him for any research and could travel to Arkansas for it, you are more than welcome. We do everything we can to help keep him comfortable and with us.

Denise Talbot
June 23, 2021

My gelding, Dashing Big Red, developed Anhidrosis when he was 8 years. old. He was a registered QH but the bloodlines were 50% Thoroughbred. He raced until he was approximately 5.5 years old. He died at 18 years. I tried dark beer, One AC, Signal. None worked. An old race remedy helped more than any - sugar, lite salt and salt. I free leased him out so that he would be doing arena work instead of trail riding. I got him back a number of years later. He would sweat some on his neck near his mane, under his legs and flanks. His sire was Dashing Val, by Dash for Cash. His dam was Ma Hemp, by Hemp Myers out of Comin Honi.

Lisa Travis
June 23, 2021

I have my Eventer that is anhidrosis. I have had him for 5 years and we successfully compete Beginner Novice and Novice. I have an ice regime that I do after each phase that helps him. Also the best thing I do for him is keep him competition fit. I do ride at all times of the day as I may have to compete in it at some point. I have tried EVERYTHING on the market and the only thing that works for a 2 week period is acupuncture. Although it is crazy expensive. So I will be doing it myself for him. Im not sure why the same drug that is used for humans couldn't be tried on horses as we use many of the same drugs as a human. If there is ever a study to do with those drugs in mind I would like to try them for my guy. Thank you for trying to find out how to help these horses. Lisa

Marti
June 23, 2021

Are y’all working on a future test to see if a breeding horse carries the genetic marker for anhydrosis?

Laurie F
June 23, 2021

We need to have a test that can be done as part of a pre-purchase exam. Having gone through this with my Morgan mare and making the difficult decisions to manage her care and untimely getting her out and of the state of Fl...it would have been so helpful to know prior to purchasing her.

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May 17, 2021

Thank you for your comment and question. According to Dr. Czyz, his lab has not done any work with yeast, and yeast is a component of SCOBY.

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April 25, 2021

I have experienced this amazing phenomenon while birding one day. I came across other birders who where using a a recording device playing the sound of an Eastern Screech owl being mobbed by a group of Tufted Titmouse and Black-capped Chickadees. I was amazed at how many different species of birds came in from different areas.

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April 22, 2021

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February 27, 2021

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February 16, 2021

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February 15, 2021

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February 14, 2021

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February 14, 2021

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February 12, 2021

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January 13, 2021

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Samantha Murray

November 9, 2020

Hi Lois, our experts say the only really way to protect monarch caterpillars from predators would be to raise them indoors. Thanks again for your question.

Samantha Murray

November 6, 2020

Hi Theresa, thank you for your question. You can find recommendations for pollinator friendly plants for Florida in these two UF/IFAS Extension publications: Butterfly Gardening in Florida A Guide to Planting Wildflower Enhancements in Florida

Samantha Murray

November 6, 2020

Hi Lynette, we suggest contacting the Vermont Extension Master Gardener program for recommendations on pollinator friendly plants for your area. Here's the link to their help page: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/helpline

Samantha Murray

November 6, 2020

Hi Lois, thanks for your question. We're asking our experts about it and will get back to you.

Samantha Murray

November 6, 2020

Hi Tammie, thanks for your question. We recommend contacting Laura Vasquez (lavasquez@ufl.edu) at the UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County office for recommendations. Or, call the office at (305) 248-3311.

Tammie Lee
November 6, 2020

Hi. I live in S. FL (Miami-Dade) and we are having problems finding native milkweed to feed our Monarch caterpillars. Is there any suggestions on where we can find nurseries that have them? Thank you.

Don Bower
October 31, 2020

Nayda's influence and impact has been national and beyond. I had the benefit of working with her on various USDA/NIFA CYFAR projects in Georgia, one of many state CYFAR projects that Nayda coordinated and strengthened. Nayda is still remembered fondly as a faculty member at the University of Georgia, more than 30 years ago. I am fortunate to consider her a mentor and friend.

Kenneth Kopczynski
October 29, 2020

My mother-in-law is Effie Stone Rolfs' grand-daughter, Effie Hargrave Kirby. She is 91 and lives in La Crosse.

Lois
October 28, 2020

How does one control lizards from eating the catapillars? I have counted 40 plus catapillars on a bush in the evening, and the next Morning there are none. This is happening all over my acre garden.

Elaine Pivinski
October 22, 2020

I am so moved by this organization as a Women in Agriculture. I pioneered growing Wine Grapes in 1976 and I was the first sole proprietor, female, to get a farm loan 1986. I hold high standards for Women in Agriculture and my mentor is Dee Ann Connor. I was unaware of her dedication until now.

Samantha Murray

October 22, 2020

Hi Don, thanks for your questions. Here's some information from Jaret Daniels: "The general recommendation for tropical milkweed in Florida is to cut it to the ground in late Oct/early Nov to help prevent winter breeding and disruption of the migration. This stands for folks living north of Lake Okeechobee. South Florida is more complicated and already has a non-migratory population and winter breeding. Regarding other plants for pollinators and monarchs, the list is extensive. Here are a few resources: Butterfly Gardening in Florida and A Guide to Planting Wildflower Enhancements in Florida."

Don Munroe
October 22, 2020

what other plants can be used locally for monarchs and other pollinators? Do I need to worry about local monarchs migrating to Mexico and cut back my milkweed planes some time in the fall or winter? Is there a good reference (IFAS publication or similar) for raising monarchs and other butterflies?

safia safia
October 21, 2020

great article; thank you for sharing

Lynette Courtney
October 19, 2020

It would be very helpful & list the various flowering plants used in this study. Being from Vermont, close to the Canadian border, are there any similar lists for areas much farther north than Florida?

Theresa
October 17, 2020

I thought you would give suggestions on which wild flowers to grow for migratory

Kirsten Romaguera

October 16, 2020

Sure is! The UF/IFAS Extension Okeechobee County office is located at 458 US Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee (34972). If you need other information, here is the office's website: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/okeechobee/. Thank you for your interest!

Donna
October 2, 2020

A wonderful charitable way to feed the hungry- maybe save a life today! My daughter lives in FL . I know she will donate. She loves ppl.

Patty
October 1, 2020

Is there an extension office in or near Okeechobee County?

Kirsten Romaguera

October 1, 2020

Hi Sandra! Thanks for your interest. The UF/IFAS Extension Marion County office is located at 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd in Ocala. Here is their website if you need any other contact information: https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/marion/.

Sandra
October 1, 2020

Collection locations in Ocala?

JoAnn Bishop RN
September 15, 2020

I totally understand the article our Son went thru a bout of Chemo for tx and the article was fascinating to me... Thank You

JoAnn RN
September 15, 2020

Very interesting article. Awesome

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Lourdes Rodriguez

August 17, 2020

Hi MS Malagday. Sorry for the delay, I am unable to find your original request. In the meantime, I will forward your inquiry to Dr. Alan Chambers.

JAN
August 16, 2020

Did you ever hear an answer? I would love to try to grow one? Thanks

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Lourdes Rodriguez

July 15, 2020

Thank you for reaching out to UF/IFAS. We are very excited about this opportunity to continue 4-H programs. If you’d like information about supporting youth and families through 4-H in your community, please contact Caylin Hilton with Florida 4-H at grow4H@ifas.ufl.edu or 352-392-5432. To get involved with 4-H in your area, contact your local UF/IFAS Extension office by visiting http://florida4h.org/getinvolved/. For more information about UF/IFAS Extension Broward County 4-H’s work, please visit https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/broward/broward-4-h-youth-development/

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Lourdes Rodriguez

July 15, 2020

Thank you for reaching out to UF/IFAS . At this time, due to COVID restrictions, the children are unable to meet in groups. The 4-H agent, however, is still working virtually on continuing the program.

David Barhouma
July 15, 2020

Hi Alan My wife and I have just moved from Canada to Florida and looking for land to purchase for farming and are interested in many of the new initiatives you are exploring especially vanilla. We want to grow a few as well to get more familiar while we are locking in land etc and a plan here to farm the natural way. Can you and are you able to let us purchase some plants to try or direct us to the right area? We also could and are willing to assist you in testing etc if you wish. Let us know please and excited to here more

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Lourdes Rodriguez

July 14, 2020

Thank you for reaching out to UF/IFAS. Unfortunately, this was designed for Palm Beach residents only. The UF/IFAS Extension Office did not have the same arrangement. However, there are many online virtual camps that you can take advantage and that are available from any one of the counties. Please log on to http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/4-h-adventures/ If you wish to reach the Broward County 4-H site, please go to http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/broward/

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Lourdes Rodriguez

July 14, 2020

Hello Paul, thank you for reaching out to UF IFAS. The UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County office covers and offers programs for the City of Melbourne. Here is some information with a contact number. The website can be reached by logging on to https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/brevard/ The Extension Direction is Elizabeth Shepherd who can be reached via email at bshephar@ufl.edu. If you wish to call the office, please call Tel: (321) 633-1702 but please keep in mind that due to COVID restrictions, there may be some schedule conflicts.

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Lourdes Rodriguez

July 14, 2020

Hello Sharon, so sorry for the delay. Let me put you in touch with Lorna Bravo, the UF/IFAS Broward County Extension Director. Her phone 954-756-8529 lbravo1@ufl.edu

Marco Metzger
June 8, 2020

I work in Palm Beach but live in Broward. Can my kids still get a take home kit? I can’t find this for Broward County extension office.

Rose Bechard Butman
May 29, 2020

Are the children still allowed to meet at the Community Garden?

Juan Sierra
May 29, 2020

Awesome news for our community! 4H greatly contribute to balance life with exceptional family-oriented leadership programs. Thank you Glick Philanthropies.

Sharon
April 18, 2020

Is it possible to join the hydroponics class?

Paul Biggs M.D. FAAFP
April 2, 2020

Who is the UF/IFAS point of contact for the Melbourne, Florida area? Thanks.

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Lourdes Rodriguez

March 31, 2020

HI Jeffrey, I am forwarding your request to Lorna Bravo, the extension director for UF/IFAS Extension Broward who will be happy to assist you.

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March 29, 2020

I read this article fully regarding the difference of most up-to-date and preceding technologies, it's amazing article.

Jeffrey
March 26, 2020

Where can I get the plans to make those bucket planters?

David D
March 19, 2020

Outstanding! Congratulations!

Cynthia Hamilton
March 1, 2020

Good Morning! We are very excited about this new research on Vanilla Planifiolia in Florida. We are landowners interested in starting a Vanillery . Our la nd offers the shade, humidity and natural structures that support orchid habitat at a large scale. Please reply this comment at chamilton21@gmail.com Looking forward to hear from you or Mr Chambers

Denise Fraser
February 15, 2020

Hi, I am a retired physician and am very intrigued with the idea of growing vanilla in Florida. I was thinking of setting up a greenhouse in my area, Fernandina Beach to start, a small business. I think vanilla growing would be do-able here in a green house to protect the plants in the winter. I have been to Tahiti and visited a vanilla farm; it has interested me ever since, and I have made extract with the beans I brought home. It is far superior to any store bought. I was wondering how I would be able to procure enough cuttings to start my business? Are you in contact with a supplier for your ventures? I would appreciate any help you could give me in this area. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Cheryl Malagday
February 12, 2020

Hello, Thirty years ago when I was coming back to Florida from Hawaii I had to leave behind a vanilla orchid I was given. I hated it. I knew I couldn't and wouldn't smuggle it back here. I have wanted one ever since. Is there a way I could buy one? I live in Fort Walton which is more humid than there and gets very cold at times, so I would build the orchid it's own house if necessary. Please contact me when you have time. cperkins1000@gmail.com Cheryl P. Malagday 40 Windham Ave. #40 Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

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Lourdes Rodriguez

February 10, 2020

Hi Tanya, I will forward your question to Dr. Brym as well as other scientists at UF. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me directly. Lourdes Rodriguez rodriguezl@ufl.edu 954-577-6363

Tanya Goldsmith
February 10, 2020

If this should escape could parts of the plants be toxic to horses? I asked our ag agent awhile back and we discovered conflicting reports. Thanks

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Lourdes Rodriguez

February 5, 2020

So sorry for the delay. Let me get working on that request for you.

Samantha Murray

January 14, 2020

That's great! You can sign up for the course here:

Josué DAMATAL
January 14, 2020

I'am interested

Kim Lawton
January 13, 2020

I have a huge hive of honey bees you are welcome to in Port Charlotte.

Linda Biedermann
January 3, 2020

Are there Master Naturalist classes, and volunteer opportunities, available in Leon County?

Dionne Morris
December 22, 2019

Wow, I would love to have cuttings to try in my location. I have a few cuttings that I started this past September but am interested it what you are doing.

Joanne Smith
December 21, 2019

I have been growing the orchid for 2 years, no flowers as of yet...excited fir my first bloom.

Dana Edwards

November 14, 2019

You can make a pre-sale order. See details: https://sites.google.com/site/ufhortclub/poinsettia-sale

Lydia Hull
November 14, 2019

Is it possible to purchase December 3rd. There is a teachers luncheon December 4 that I’m responsible for flowers. I’ve purchased the last three years and have been extremely pleased with the plants and would live to share with the teachers at Oak Hall School.

Mary
October 30, 2019

Brilliant idea! I asked out sons advisor for a mentor for him! It would have really made a difference and still could! Great minds think alike!

Georgene Bender
September 13, 2019

Denise is a wonderful person - fabulous mother, volunteer and so many other jobs she has. I am pleased to have worked with her. She always has a smile on her face and a good thing to say about people. Thanks for highlighting this wonderful 4-H volunteer.

Howard C Lucas
November 29, 2018

Juanita Popenoe, I was a citrus grower,killed by greening. Located at 7317 Crystal Beach Road, Winter Haven, Florida, just south of your area and a little warmer. Pushing out last of dead citrus now. Replanting with avocados, Choquette, Monroe and Oro Negro. Now 2500 in ground half 1 year old and half 2 years old. Will have 35 to 40 acres of avocados. They will be cold protected by micro jet irrigation. Advantages: They are hard when mature to be picked, will not bruise and can be handled like fresh citrus, picked, processed, packed and sold by Dundee Citrus Growers Association ( I am a member). They have a shelf life of 3 to 4 weeks. You might be able to grow cold hardy varieties in your area. I purchased the trees from Heather Teatig at Pine Island Nursery. She is very knowledgeable about Avocados. I will be interested in having more growers in this area to build up the market. Howard C Lucas 560 Avenue K, SE, Winter Haven ,Florida 33880 ( mailing address) email. hclmdeyes@aol.com office phone 863-294-2450 cell phone 863-412-4961

Patti Cardoso
April 3, 2018

You’re a special lady and a wonderful dairy advocate! So happy to see you featured...congrats and thanks for all you do to promote the beneficial aspects of women in dairy!

Selma McClarigan
March 31, 2018

Awesome article and Colleen is an awesome lady! I taught with Colleen's mom, and watched Colleen growing up. She was in my daughter's class at school. They were on the same softball team for several years. So glad to see she is doing well. I am sure that the students that Colleen teaches will be well taught!

Mebratu Melaku
January 4, 2018

It is a very interesting news. Since especially, Ethiopia has a huge livestock population but the income from these livestock population is very far below the expected. The greatest problem in addition to genetics and disease, "Lack of good-quality, year-round feed for livestock" is a very critical which was mentioned and described above. Therefore the project will bring a good insight for the rural poor smallholders' livestock keepers through conducting research, extension and technology transfer.

George
December 4, 2017

Where can I purchase this book

William B. Van Duyn
September 20, 2017

A tour of storm damage in the heavily wooded Orange Park area revealed that about 95% of the downed trees were laurel oaks (often mis-identified as the less common water oak which has similar properties). There was almost no damage to the much stronger live oaks and few other species came down. Laurel oaks, especially large, old ones, are much more susceptible to storm damage than most other large trees and homeowners should be aware of this. They are prone to breaking off in any part of the trunk, have weak root systems and easily shed branches in strong wind. They are very heavy and can do a lot of damage. Even worse, they are subject to internal rot in the roots, trunk and branches which often remains invisible until the tree breaks off or comes down. They are prone to rot in the roots and hollowing in the stump that can result in the tree falling down even in the absence of wind. I had one large tree and several large limbs come down that way and have seen others fall with no wind. Homeowners take heed.

Dahna R. James
September 10, 2017

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I am quite familiar with your extension sites and I am very pleased with the great knowledge that you share. UF is the best!!! So let's here it ! GO GATORS!! Thank you again for all your hard work & the knowledge you share. God Bless and stay safe~

Samantha Grenrock

August 10, 2017

Hi Barbra, Thanks for your message! If you'd like to participate in the Air Potato Patrol, please go to https://airpotatobeetle.com/.

Barbra Faircloth Harless
August 1, 2017

I have air potato vines at my house on the Aucilla River in Taylor County. I have not been able to attend any class on the problem even tho I am a MG for Leon Co Extension. I will be glad to report, participate, help in any project to get rid of them. I have two emails, one listed below and the other is barbra@fairclothagency.com

Samantha Grenrock

July 12, 2017

Hi, Tom, thanks for getting in touch. You can request beetles online at http://bcrcl.ifas.ufl.edu/airpotatofiles/airpotatoforms.shtml. Since you're in Polk County, you'll fill out a request for Area 2. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Tom Trulson
July 7, 2017

Are air potato beetles available for Polk County? We have had an ongoing problem along our property line in south Lakeland for several years and, with the recent rains, the plant is again overtaking our native vegetation, including elephant ears and even oak/camphor trees to the extent the smaller plants are all dying. I contacted the City's Parks & Recreation Department about acquiring beetles and was advised to contact you myself rather than through their office. I can send you pictures of our damage if necessary, but would definitely appreciate your timely assistance. In addition to my personal email (below) you may contact me at 863-398-1079. Thank you.

Samantha Grenrock

June 26, 2017

Hi Laurie, Thanks for writing! You can request more beetles here. We also have a new citizen science program for those interested in helping scientist control air potato. You can find out more at https://airpotatobeetle.com/.

Laurie Jackson
June 21, 2017

2 years ago, I registered for and received the red beetles to help control the air potato vines in my yard. I am wondering if I can get more of the beetles through your co-op. I live in Seminole, FL and the beetles helped control the vines but we no longer have the beetles in the yard and need more. Thank you. Laurie

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