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Category: Pests & Disease

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

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

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

image - UF/IFAS FMEL undergraduate student Ahsley Malcolm conducts mosquito collection in the field for the survey.

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

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

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 have another option… Read More

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

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, and viewers have… Read More

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

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… Read More

UF researchers use AI datasets to track feral pigs, minimize disease risk

Feral pigs cost the agriculture industry at least $1.5 billion in damage, disease and control costs around the United States annually, running rampant on large swaths of grazing lands. The swine root in soil and… Read More

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

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Termite Awareness Week 2021 takes place March 7-13 Some people mistakenly think termites are only busy during this time of the year. UF/IFAS researchers in Davie, Florida, show us otherwise. While termites are often noticed… Read More

UF study on termites’ evolution tells us they are much more than wood-eating roaches

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Go beyond our common perceptions of termites, like a University of Florida scientist did, and you’ll find they do much more than eat wood and destroy homes, other buildings and trees.   Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor… 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