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Florida pesticide applicators can now take licensing exams online


January 25, 2022

In Florida, pesticide licensing exams help ensure the state’s approximately 70,000 pesticide applicators follow state regulations and best practices for mitigating the impact of chemicals on the environment. Historically, the exam has only ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, HOME LANDSCAPES, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brett Bultemeier, News, Pesticide Information Office
Image - Braham Dhillon of UF IFAS FLREC examines a palm front

UF/IFAS experts address palm pest spreading into two additional South Florida counties- February 9


January 23, 2022

MIAMI-DADE, Fla –  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is holding a free webinar on Phantasma scale, a pest affecting palms and other ornamental plants detected late last year in St. Lucie and Martin counties. In ... READ MORE

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: FDACS ARS, Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services, Phantasma Scale, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County, UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County

Hibiscus flowers not flowering? Scout for the hibiscus bud weevil, UF IFAS scientists suggest


December 16, 2021

Hibiscus shrubs are attractive and hardy-flowering, typically used in a variety of landscapes. They are known for reaching up to 15 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide. Many hibiscus species are native to Florida, producing oversized flowers ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Alexandra Revynthi, Edis, FDACS, Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services, Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumers Sciences € Division Of Plant Industry, Hibiscus, Hibiscus Bud Weevil, Miami Dade, Painted Lady, Sunny Yellow, Tropical Research And Education Center, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center

University of Florida faculty joins national team awarded $7.5M USDA-NIFA grant


November 30, 2021

Apple and pecan orchards are growing vulnerable to nonnative ambrosia beetles. Often considered as invasive pests, these groups of beetles cultivate and rely on ambrosia fungi for nutrition. The ambrosia beetles, which make up more than ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Ambrosia Beetle, Romina Gazis, Tropical Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center, United States Department Of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Services (USDA-ARS), USDA-NIFA
image - Abdullah Alomar is a doctoral candidate at Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory who led a story on insecticide resistance in juvenile Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and impacts on Zika transmission rates.

Insecticide targeting juvenile mosquitoes can enhance Zika transmissions


November 4, 2021

Insecticide resistance among the Aedes aegypti mosquito remains a source of frustration for public health and mosquito control agencies, medical entomologists and ecologists. Known as the yellow fever mosquito, this species poses a public ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Abdullah Alomar, Aedes Aegypti, Barry Alto, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Mosquito, Mosquito Research, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS

Termite study: Scientists zero in on how termites coordinate mating behavior for colony success


October 4, 2021

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America. They are social insects that thrive through group living in colonies. To get a closer look at how termites coordinate their behaviors and movements enroute to successfully ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Asian Subterranean Termites, Entomology And Nematology, Formosan Subterranean Termites, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, University Of Alabama
image - UF/IFAS FMEL undergraduate student Ahsley Malcolm conducts mosquito collection in the field for the survey.

Majority of Florida mosquito species are understudied, UF/IFAS survey illustrates


August 11, 2021

There are 66 Florida mosquito control districts that suppress mosquito species populations by using integrated mosquito control methods. A survey of the Sunshine State’s mosquito control districts has shed light on a variety of species ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Dengue, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Florida Mosquito COntrol Districts, Malaria, Mosquito Research, Mosquitoes, New Mosquito Species, News, UF/IFAS, West Nile, West Nile Virus, Zika

Let bugs be your gardening assistants: Next ‘Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!’


July 19, 2021

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss beneficial insects, live on July 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers ... READ MORE

Category: EVENTS, HOME LANDSCAPES, Pests & Disease
Tags: Adam Dale, Beneficial Insects, Beth Bolles, Danielle Sprague, Gardening In The Panhandle, Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District

Get answers to your landscape disease questions in next ‘Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!’


June 7, 2021

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss ornamental and turf diseases, live on June 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom requires pre-registration, ... READ MORE

Category: EVENTS, HOME LANDSCAPES, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Horticulture, Larry Williams, Matt Orwat, Okaloosa County, Phil Harmon, Plant Pathology, Santa Rosa County, Stephen Greer, Turfgrass, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District, Washington County

UF/IFAS Study: Does paternal health status in mosquitoes influence maternal offspring results?


April 20, 2021

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to learning the factors that ultimately lead to characteristic differences in mosquito offspring – a key takeaway ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Aedes Aegypti, Barry Alto, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Mosquito, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS

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