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Category: Pests & Disease

Bark Beetle Calligraphy exhibit opens at Florida Museum of Natural History on July 8

By Ellison Langford   Who:   The University of Florida/IFAS Forest Entomology lab has collaborated with the Florida Museum of Natural History to display a unique global collection of large bark beetle engravings. What: As bark beetles tunnel through… Read More

Florida teachers get to be kids again at UF Plant Camp

By: Dehlia Albrecht, 352-273-3665; dehliadee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While parents are getting ready to send their kids off to camps, two dozen teachers will prepare for their own summer adventure. On June 12, teachers from across the state… Read More

UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States… Read More

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

By: Ellison Langford; Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And, a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

UF study helps save revenue, farms from wireworms

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Scientists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are helping state growers save money by managing wireworms in their sweet potato farms. Wireworms became a problem in Florida after sweet… Read More

UF CALS student wins regional award for mosquito research and leadership in the entomology field

Casey Parker GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate student received the prestigious Kirby L. Hays Memorial Award. The award, from the Entomological Society of America’s southeastern branch, was presented at… Read More

Neighboring termite colonies re-invade; expose themselves to deadly bait

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even after an insecticide bait weakens Formosan subterranean termites, a neighboring colony will invade the same area and meet the identical lethal fate, new University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes,… Read More