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Category: Invasive Species

UF/IFAS study shows banker plants can protect greenhouse crops from whiteflies, thrips

  Cutlines at bottom GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Keeping valuable greenhouse crops safe from whiteflies and thrips may become easier for producers, thanks to a new study on banker plants from the University of Florida and… Read More

UF researchers find natural product that boosts plant defense against root pests

Click here for high resolution photo. Caption at bottom. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered a natural compound to battle insect pests that plague gardeners and growers. The compound boosts crops’ resistance… Read More

Citrus greening bacterium may “ring the dinner bell” to attract insect

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. The bacterium responsible for citrus greening causes infected trees to give off a scent that rings the dinner bell for the disease-carrying insect, University of Florida researchers… Read More

UF studies show promise for biological control methods against insect

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, scientists have tried to use environmentally friendly fungi to control fire ant infestations. But the ants’ social behaviors — such as… Read More

Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new… Read More

New IFAS study shows corn plants help control major mite pest

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Add one more entry to corn’s list of abilities: helping to biologically control pests. Already a source of food and biofuel, University of Florida… Read More