Tag: Entomology and Nematology

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

UF/IFAS termite pioneer to be inducted into inventors hall of fame

Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, is scheduled to be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Oct. 2 in Tampa. Sentricon®,… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to be inducted into pest management hall of fame

Please see caption below. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phil Koehler sees his students as the reason he’s being inducted into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame. “The thing I’ve done is provide opportunities for students, and they’ve pretty… Read More

Mating with the wrong insect may cut yellow fever mosquito populations

Asian tiger mosquito Yellow fever mosquito GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Asian tiger mosquitoes can drive down yellow fever mosquito populations when the female chooses the wrong male with which to mate, UF/IFAS scientists say. Both insects transmit chikungunya and… Read More

Citrus Health Management Areas staving off greening with coordinated pesticide spraying

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s a little pesticide among neighbors?  For Florida citrus growers, it could mean saving their trees that are under attack from the virulent citrus greening bacterium threatening to destroy the state’s $10.7 billion industry. Entomologist… Read More

Book examines the use of predatory mites for biological control

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Biological control of pests, weeds, plants and animals gives “the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally sound and socially acceptable pest management,” according to a new book edited by two UF/IFAS… Read More

It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there for strawberry growers

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida scientist is trying to find an insect that will eat the fly that’s damaging such fruit as strawberries and blueberries in the Sunshine State. Such a finding… Read More