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Termite season: UF/IFAS scientist answers common questions, corrects misconceptions


March 10, 2022

Termite Awareness Week begins March 13, just in time for swarming season.   Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) in Fort Lauderdale conduct year-round research on the ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Asian Subterranean Termites, Entomology And Nematology, Formosan Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites, Rudolph Scheffrahn, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, Urban Entomology

Nature lovers identify hundreds of plant species at DeLuca Preserve BioBlitz


March 8, 2022

Nearly 100 nature lovers flocked to the DeLuca Preserve to scout the property for animals and plants that live on the expanse. Visitors documented 1,600 sightings, and within those, observed 345 species. The “BioBlitz,” as it’s called, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: BioBlitz, DeLuca, DeLuca Preserve, INaturalist, INaturalist App

UF/IFAS, SFWMD ask residents to identify, report invasive snakes


March 2, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Non-native snakes in Florida are spreading and growing in population. Some are considered invasive, threatening Florida’s environment, native wildlife, economy and public health, according to scientists at the University ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Anaconda, Burmese Python, Common Boa, CROC Docs, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Frank Mazotti, Invasive Snakes, Ivegot1.org, Melissa Miller, Native Snakes, Northern African Python, Snakes, South Florida Water Management District, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center

Termite season is coming: Local UF scientist explains what to know at free March 1 webinar


February 24, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla -- Termite season in Florida is around the corner, and experts at UF/IFAS are ready to help. On March 1, Thomas Chouvenc, a termite expert and assistant professor at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Department Of Entomology And Nematology, Extension Broward Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS Extension Broward, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, UF/IFAS Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus love to bite non-native lizards: What’s next?


February 20, 2022

West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis virus circulate among wild birds via mosquitoes, occasionally spilling over to infect humans, horses and other animals.  New research finds that some of the primary vectors of West Nile and ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Culex Nigripalpus, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Florida Mosquito COntrol Districts, Lawrence Reeves, Mosquito Research, News, St. Louis Encephalitis, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research, West Nile Virus
prescribed fire in a research plot

UF study shows how climate change can worsen impact of invasive plants


February 8, 2022

A new long-term study shows how climate change and invasive plants can have synergistic effects on a native tree species. The study tested the effects of prescribed fire on long-leaf pines grown under different conditions: drought, invasive ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Agronomy, Climate Change, Cogongrass, Luke Flory, News
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Cautiously optimistic: Study looks for riskiest tree disease spreaders, finds none


February 3, 2022

Fungal disease represents one of the greatest threats to tree industries and forests in the United States. They’re carried by invasive wood borers from overseas. A pre-invasion risk assessment tested 111 fungi samples extracted from ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, Invasive Species, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Entomology, Forestry, Invasion, Jiri Hulcr, Research, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences
pesticide applicator

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

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

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