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Category: UF/IFAS

New fungus brings truffle-like fungi, wilting leaves, unpleasant smell in potted Boston Ferns

image - Boston Ferns in Miami Dade plot

Boston ferns, cultivated by Florida growers since 1912, are a popular consumer choice on porches, balconies, patios and landscapes for their tropical look. A popular and profitable item grown in nurseries, the species can be… Read More

Protecting the Pacific’s endangered marine species using artificial intelligence

cartoons of whales jump in and out of a cartoon grid with a commercial fishing boat nearby to simulate the UF/IFAS developed algorithm tracking their movements

The pelagic ocean covers over 50% of the planet’s surface and many of the species that call it home travel thousands of miles each year, seeking food and suitable nursery grounds. Some of these species… Read More

Growing a sense of ‘community’ in community gardens

Across the country, community gardens are cropping up in response to growing interest in producing local food. In a new study, University of Florida researchers ask what makes one of these gardens thrive — or… Read More

UF/IFAS investigates sorrel as a new crop for Florida

Sorrel is a leafy green plant with reddish-pink flowers. It’s hardy, fast growing, has a variety of uses and UF/IFAS is investigating its potential as a new crop for Florida. A recent field day revealed… Read More

Building better begonias

rows of red and green begonias in liners inside a greenhouse

Begonias are among the top five most popular plants found in flower beds and Florida leads the way in production with sales valuing more than $11.8 million, according to the USDA. But heat waves and… Read More

Insecticide targeting juvenile mosquitoes can enhance Zika transmissions

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 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 health… Read More

Fish tracking data has more to offer, new research says

For years, researchers have used tracking devices to monitor fish movements and growth in this area of study is exponential, researchers say. But this growing data base has not yet been effectively integrated into conservation… Read More

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

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