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Category: UF/IFAS Research

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

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

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… Read More

Mark your calendars for One Night in the Tropics on November 6 – A UF/IFAS event for graduate housing

image - TREC graduate students for graduate housing fundraiser

In the heart of Homestead sits a site that is unique to the fabric of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) known as the Tropical Research and Education Center. On… Read More

UF/IFAS research receives $155.6 M in latest fiscal year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida boasted its second-best research funding awards over the fiscal year 2021, with UF/IFAS researchers receiving $155.6 million of the $861 million university total. The UF/IFAS funding, a 10%… Read More

UF-led team receives Keck grant to study fungal infections spread by wildfire smoke

A multidisciplinary team of scientists will study how wildfire smoke spreads fungi that can affect human health, using artificial intelligence to predict future threats This will be the first study of its kind in a… Read More

UF economic report details select marine industry and tourism impacts from 2018 red tide event

image - FWC courtesy drone view of Red Tide along Florida's coast

A survey on the 2018 red tide event was conducted in 2020 for those in marine-dependent industries operating out of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Charter/for-hire businesses that responded to… Read More

Global team of wildlife researchers furthers study of elusive, tree-dwelling animals

L’Hoest’s Monkey, also called mountain monkey, in the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society - Rwanda Program

Camera traps have long been used to document animals in their natural environment. More recently, scientists have explored putting these traps up in trees where they can capture animals that live in the canopy. A… Read More

Citizen science projects make a difference for wildlife, study finds

When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant scientists used the horseshoe crab citizen science project,… Read More

Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

image - papaya trial field at TREC for Chambers Brewer study

Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers,… Read More