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Can antiviral agents help immune systems fight mosquito-borne dengue?

December 6, 2021

The dengue virus (DENV) is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a species that remains a source of frustration for mosquito control agencies, medical entomologists, and ecologists. As a virus that poses a public health risk impacting ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Aedes Aegypti, Chelsea Smartt, Dengue Virus, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
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Hemp pest ID tool from UF/IFAS available now

September 30, 2021

Pests can cause devastating impacts to a hemp crop. The first step to tackle a pest problem is to identify the unwelcome intruder. A new UF/IFAS hemp pest identification tool takes the guesswork out of identifying some of the potential Florida ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Department Of Entomology And Nematology, Entomology, Hemp, UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore, UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

With new gift, UF scientists work to grow sheep and goat industries in Florida

September 27, 2021

UF will hold its first Ram Test and Sale event on Oct. 2, starting at 8 a.m. A gift from a Florida sheep farmer will support upgrades to the UF/IFAS Sheep Unit and allow researchers to expand the UF sheep and goat herds These enhancements ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Livestock, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Animal Sciences, Animal Sciences Department, Diwakar Vyas, Sheep

UF/IFAS scientist reaches turning point on palm disease research

September 7, 2021

Lethal yellowing (LY) and lethal bronzing (LB) have had devastating effects on palm trees across landscapes and nurseries throughout Florida and the Caribbean. University of Florida scientists at the Institute of Food and Agricultural ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Brian Bahder, Haplaxius Crudus, Lethal Bronzing, Lethal Yellowing, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center

Newest tool to fight citrus diseases may be found in citrus microbiome

September 2, 2021

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. --- The next key to winning the battle against citrus diseases such as citrus canker may be in the tiniest microbes that live inside the citrus tree. University of Florida researchers hope to discover how these microbes may ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease
Tags: Citrus Diseases, Citrus Research, Grant, Microbes, Microbiology And Cell Science, Nian Wang, Nifa, Pathogens, Plant Health, UF/IFAS Citrus Research And Education Center, Usda

UF/IFAS researchers explain science behind genetically modified mosquitoes

August 31, 2021

For the first time in United States history, the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes is taking place in the Florida Keys through Spring 2022. The pilot projects involve the permitted release of adult Aedes aegypti, also ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Eric Caragata, Eva Buckner, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Yoosook Lee

Scientists find new watermelon viruses in Florida; help available

August 23, 2021

IMMOKALEE, Fla. --- Florida watermelon growers, the most productive in the nation, face two new viruses. But finding a disease is the first step to managing it, says a University of Florida scientist who helped pinpoint the diseases. From 2017-2020, ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Pests & Disease
Tags: Detection, North Florida Research And Education Center, Pamela Roberts, Plant Pathology, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, Virus, Watermelon

Back to the Future: Citrus breeders look to ancient varieties for modern-day answers

July 26, 2021

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. --- In the ongoing race to find a solution to the devastating citrus greening disease, University of Florida scientists may find the path to the future by looking to the past. In a new study, published in Nature Communications, ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Pests & Disease
Tags: Ancestral Lineages, Citrus, Citrus Greening, Citrus Research, Citrus Research And Education Center, East Asia, Fred Gmitter, Genetics, Genomes, Japan, Joint Genome Institute, Mandarin, Ryuku Islands

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

July 20, 2021

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 mildew. Two ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Pests & Disease
Tags: Biological Control, Chilli Thrips, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Joseph Montemayor, Mites, Natalia Peres, Pests, Sriyanka Lahiri, Strawberries, UVC Radiation

UF finds some nematodes like hemp; first step to pest control for emerging crop

July 14, 2021

BALM, Fla. --- For two years, University of Florida scientists across the Sunshine State have studied whether hemp can serve as a viable alternative crop for Florida farmers. One of the first steps to determining the economic feasibility of ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Pests & Disease
Tags: Cultivars, Economics, Emerging Crops, Entomology And Nematology, Greenhouse Trials, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Hemp, Host, Johan Desaeger, Nematodes, Research, Root-knot Nematodes

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