avocado

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research

Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led recently published research that shows that multispectral cameras can detect laurel wilt …

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No Flowers? No Problem. UF Study Shows Bees Have Other Ways of Finding Sugar

Dan Florida, Research

What’s a bee to do when there are very few flowers available and it needs a sugar fix? Wild bees may be responding to climate change and urban expansion by relying on insects to get the sweet stuff, according to a study by Joan Meiners, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment. …

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin to the avocado …