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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides… Read More

Four UF/IFAS faculty members elected AAAS fellows, breaking previous record

awards and recognitions

Four UF/IFAS faculty members have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This surpasses the record set last year when three UF/IFAS faculty members became fellows in a… Read More

Decision-support tool using HiPerGator may help manage devastating avocado disease

UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is challenging Florida’s $35 million-a-year avocado crop. Laurel wilt disease… Read More

Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

Researcher collects insect samples off of a deer.

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is… Read More

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the alert, telling a citrus grower it’s time to spray fungicide to help prevent fruit from falling off the tree. When the brand-new fruit falls off a citrus… Read More

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologists give reason to celebrate rice in Florida

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Rice, a global grain consumed by more than half the world’s population, totes unique versatility unlike other grains throughout history. Each country and culture has made the grain its own as… Read More

Two UF/IFAS professors named 2020-21 Fulbright Scholars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is pleased to announce that Jiri Hulcr and Andrea Lucky have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards in Research and Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year from the… Read More

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

Fire ants

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… Read More

University of Florida partners on $26M grant to produce more crops with less water and energy

Above: The University of Florida Phenogator, an example of the technology that will be utilized at UF as part of the IoT4Ag Center. The Phenogator is a multi-purpose vehicle that uses sensors in combination with… Read More