Tag: Entomology and Nematology

UF/IFAS encourages Floridians to take up beekeeping, hosting annual Bee College March 4-5

DAVIE, Fla. — William Kern, an associate professor with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, gently pumped smoke into a beehive to calm the insects before he lifted the lid off the white box… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty member earns $822,000 NSF grant as early career scientist

Christine Miller GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher has won an $822,000 early-career award from the National Science Foundation recognizing her commitment to research and the integration of research into… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists find another clue to monitor, trap virus-spreading mosquito

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Asian tiger mosquito is attracted to flowering butterfly bushes, giving mosquito control officials another tool to monitor and trap the insect that can transmit pathogens, causing potentially deadly diseases, a new… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Citizen science participation increases trust in science

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lay people who participate in citizen science develop more interest in science after participating in such a project, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. “Participating in science does… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Mite might control pest that attacks Florida’s $125 million-a-year cucumber crop

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A predatory mite might feed on a pest of cucumbers, a $125 million-a-year crop in Florida, newly published University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research shows. This finding may help growers protect… Read More

Jumping spiders can learn to avoid red, toxic bugs; stay alive longer and eat agricultural pests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jumping spiders, voracious predators that eat pests around the world, can learn to distinguish the color red in their prey, thus allowing them to avoid toxicity in what they consume, according to new research led… Read More

Hulcr selected to win UF/IFAS’ Richard L. Jones research award

Jiri Hulcr GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A UF/IFAS forest entomologist who – among other activities – is working to help stop pests that sicken trees, has been selected to receive the Richard L. Jones Award for promising research at… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers get $2 million grant to study organic strawberry production

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will address production constraints for organic strawberry producers, thanks to a new $2 million federal grant. The grant comes from the Organic… Read More