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Category: Pests & Disease

Citrus greening bacterium may “ring the dinner bell” to attract insect

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. The bacterium responsible for citrus greening causes infected trees to give off a scent that rings the dinner bell for the disease-carrying insect, University of Florida researchers… Read More

Color is key in controlling flies, UF researchers find

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. Downloadable video is available at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10837916/20120215_FlyTrap.zip GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a carrier of as many as 100 types of germs, the common house fly is hardly… Read More

UF studies show promise for biological control methods against insect

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, scientists have tried to use environmentally friendly fungi to control fire ant infestations. But the ants’ social behaviors — such as… Read More

New IFAS study shows corn plants help control major mite pest

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Add one more entry to corn’s list of abilities: helping to biologically control pests. Already a source of food and biofuel, University of Florida… Read More

Mosquito threat emerges as season peaks, UF researchers report

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also an economic and health concern, say University of Florida researchers. July, August, and September are peak… Read More

UF researchers use acoustic tools to detect underground insects that attack grapes

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are finding new ways to thwart crop-devouring pests — by being good listeners. High-tech acoustic equipment makes it possible… Read More