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Can antiviral agents help immune systems fight mosquito-borne dengue?


December 6, 2021

The dengue virus (DENV) is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a species that remains a source of frustration for mosquito control agencies, medical entomologists, and ecologists. As a virus that poses a public health risk impacting ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Aedes Aegypti, Chelsea Smartt, Dengue Virus, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Some nonnative fish that are released into lakes and rivers thrive in Florida; alter ecosystem


December 2, 2021

RUSKIN, Fla. --- Nonnative fish eat away at the banks of rivers and lakes – one reason University of Florida researchers caution people not to release unwanted fish. People sometimes put fish from their aquariums into nearby waterways. ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Water
Tags: Aquarium Fish, Cichlids, Detection, Establishment, Fish, Florida Peninsula, Invasive, Jeff Hill, Katie Lawson, Lakes, Natural Resource Managers, Nonnative, Prevention, Release, Rivers, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Suwannee River, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
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

Fighting the tegu spread, protecting Florida’s wildlife, natural areas through sustained multiagency efforts


November 2, 2021

Argentine black and white tegus are one of the largest non-native invasive lizard species posing a significant threat to the biodiversity and ecological integrity of Florida’s natural areas. As omnivores that eat fruits, vegetables, insects, ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: CROC Docs, Edis, Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, FWC, National Park Service, South Florida Water Management District, Tegu, U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, United States Fish And Wildlife Service, United States Geological Survey
image - FLREC students Johanalyn Gordon and Joseph Velenovsky

Using 1.68M termites, UF/IFAS students show how only a few need to feed on baits to eliminate the colony


October 26, 2021

Subterranean termites have an important economic and environmental impact as they cause severe damage to structures and trees. With the spread of invasive termite species, the challenges for homeowners in some parts of the country continue ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Department Of Entomology And Nematology, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center

Plant this not that: a new guide to protect Florida


October 15, 2021

Florida’s climate makes a cozy environment for a variety of plant species. The downside is that invasive and potentially destructive species often try to call Florida home, too. A new guide developed by UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County outlines ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Invasive Species, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Invasive, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Invasives

Learn about invasive species in free virtual workshop


October 12, 2021

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss invasive species, live on Oct. 14 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, Invasive Species, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening In The Panhandle, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Pat Williams, Ray Bodrey, Sheila Dunning, Stephen Enloe, UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District
An anole on a branch

UF Study: Where brown anoles invade, native green anoles reach new heights


October 7, 2021

Green anole lizards used to be a common sight in much of the southeastern United States, but in places like Florida, people are now more likely to encounter the invasive brown anole, especially in urban areas. A UF study shows that native ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, HOME LANDSCAPES, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: Brett Scheffers, Brown Anole, CALS, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Green Anole, Jesse Borden, News, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation

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

UF/IFAS scientist publishes new data on insect causing lethal disease in palm trees


August 10, 2021

The vast number of palm trees that enhance the landscape of homes, businesses, parks and highways throughout Florida is steadily declining and is a cause of economic concern. The responsible insect infects palm trees with a pathogen known ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Brian Bahder, Entomology And Nematology, FLREC, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Lethal Bronzing, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, UF IFAS News, UF/IFAS FLREC, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, UF/IFAS Solutions

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