UF/IFAS Researchers Find Potential Bugs to Eat Invasive Cogongrass

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research

by: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  (UF/IFAS) researcher says. A worldwide research team led by UF/IFAS entomology professor James Cuda and retired entomology professor Bill …

New UF/IFAS Scientist Brings Latest Technology to Battle Against Invasive Species

Dan Florida, Research, Technology

by Robin Koestoyo, University of Florida/IFAS Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and train stations. Minteer, who is also an expert …

Kakkar Joins UF/IFAS Extension as Invasive Insect Specialist

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Nursery Crops, Research, Specialty Crops

Garima Kakkar is joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to help the state fight invasive pests. Kakkar, an expert in invasive insects, is a UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Multicounty Agent. Kakkar has a diverse range of experience in managing pest insects, and will now serve growers in the world’s premier citrus production region with …

UF/IFAS Entomologist Gets $200,000 to Help Develop Rapid Zika Detection

Dan Florida, Research

A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist will use a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health to improve tests for the detection of Zika virus. In 2016, Florida saw 1,272 cases of Zika, which is usually associated with mild symptoms, although severe symptoms may also occur, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and birth defects in babies, …

Scientists Give Old Elm Tree a High-Tech Helping Hand

Dan Industry News Release, Research

By Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) In front of the city hall building in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, there’s a weathered old elm tree that’s seen more than 200 years of American history. Throughout those centuries, it has withstood bouts of Dutch elm disease and poundings from brutal storms like 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. This winter, U.S. Department of Agriculture …

ARS Genetics Researcher Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

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by Dennis O’Brien, Agricultural Research Service Alan W. Meerow, a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been awarded the 2017 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). This not-for-profit, non-governmental organization is based in Kaua’i, Hawaii and is dedicated to tropical plant conservation, research and education. It …

Funding for Plant and Animal Phenomics and Microbiome Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 11 grants totaling $3 million for Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) projects focused on plant and animal phenomics and microbiomes. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Food Security Program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

State Money Going to Universities for Zika Research

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From: The News Service of Florida Researchers at eight universities, Moffitt Cancer Center and The Scripps Research Institute will share $25 million in grants as the state looks to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Wednesday. More than half of the money — $13.17 million — will go for projects at the University of Miami.

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

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By Sara LaJeunesse, Penn State University A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.