Fall is the perfect time to tackle fire ants

Fall is perfect for playing football, picking pumpkins and killing fire ants. Tackling the stinging pests now will cut down on the number you encounter next spring and summer, according to entomologists at the University of Georgia. “When fire ants sting, they release toxins that cause blisters, prolonged agony and even possible...

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Laurel wilt disease not spread by fruit, seeds from infected avocado trees, UF researchers say

Oct 10, 12 Laurel wilt disease not spread by fruit, seeds from infected avocado trees, UF researchers say

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Though laurel wilt remains a top concern for Florida avocado growers, a new University of Florida study is cause for some relief – the disease is unlikely to be spread via fruit or seeds from infected trees. Researchers found that the pathogen, a fungus with the scientific name Raffaelea lauricola, does not...

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Sea-level rise threatens endangered rabbit far more than developmenet, UF study finds

Oct 10, 12 Sea-level rise threatens endangered rabbit far more than developmenet, UF study finds

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When University of Florida researcher Robert McCleery and a graduate student began looking at why an endangered marsh rabbit’s habitat was disappearing in the Florida Keys, they fully expected the blame would fall on development. Instead, they were stunned to find that nearly half of the rabbit’s habitat...

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Cover crop research shows advantages against pests

Sep 02, 12 Cover crop research shows advantages against pests

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U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored research at the University of Georgia campus in Tifton is looking into the potential of using a cover crop system to improve soil and prevent tomato spotted wilt virus. According to Stuart Reitz, a research entomologist with the USDA, tomato spotted wilt virus is one of the most devastating...

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Beekeeper to give introduction to the craft at Sept. 20 field day

Sep 02, 12 Beekeeper to give introduction to the craft at Sept. 20 field day

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Jim Quick, who will teach a beekeeping workshop in Griffin Sept. 20, has been dabbling in beekeeping for the past 32 years. The 43-year-old Pike County resident’s interest in bees started when he tagged along behind his beekeeping grandfather. A family tradition “He had bees, and he used to show me and my brother how to...

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UF/IFAS experts find feral hog control efforts often fail, now investigating why

Sep 02, 12 UF/IFAS experts find feral hog control efforts often fail, now investigating why

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feral hogs wreak havoc on Florida’s natural areas but a new University of Florida study shows that control measures often fail; now, researchers are investigating how the animals outwit removal efforts. “Feral hogs are definitely one of our more noticeable invasive animal issues on the Treasure...

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A New Tool for Studying Insect-Plant Warfare

Jul 19, 12 A New Tool for Studying Insect-Plant Warfare

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By Dennis O’Brien When an insect pierces the surface of a plant to feed, much of the action takes place in the plant’s interior. A device called the Electrical Penetration Graph (EPG) is a critical tool for peering into the process. Now a new type of EPG developed by U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologists...

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Tomato sequencing project sheds light on its origins

Jul 19, 12 Tomato sequencing project sheds light on its origins

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By Merritt Melancon • University of Georgia Researchers in the University of Georgia Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory recently helped finish the decade-long process of sequencing the tomato genome. The genome mapping effort involved more than 300 researchers working at universities and research institutes in more than a dozen...

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Backyard hobby greenhouses are the dream of many home gardeners

Jul 09, 12 Backyard hobby greenhouses are the dream of many home gardeners

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If you aren’t afraid of a saw and know how to operate a hammer, you can build a greenhouse like this one. A University of Georgia publication will give you all the direction you need. Image credit: Bob Westerfield. With a little effort and forethought, the dream of owning a hobby greenhouse can become reality. As the...

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New Technique Used to Discover New Viruses in Poultry

Jun 19, 12 New Technique Used to Discover New Viruses in Poultry

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By Sandra Avant In a search to find better ways to control viral enteric diseases in birds, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have unearthed a treasure trove of previously known and unknown viruses in poultry by using a powerful new molecular tool called metagenomics. Each year, disorders like poult enteritis...

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Better Analysis Methods for Vitamin D

Jun 01, 12 Better Analysis Methods for Vitamin D

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers with the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Md., design, develop and improve analytical methods for measuring nutritional components in the food supply. The Beltsville center is part of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s principal intramural...

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Backyard fruit trees need fertile soil, sunny location

Jun 01, 12 Backyard fruit trees need fertile soil, sunny location

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Growing fruit trees in the home garden can be an enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding experience. However, success takes careful planning and hard work. When planting fruit trees, it is important to consider site selection. Fruit trees should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil in a site that receives full sun. It is also...

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New Evidence On Effects of Green Coffee Beans in Weight Loss

Jun 01, 12 New Evidence On Effects of Green Coffee Beans in Weight Loss

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Scientists have just reported striking new evidence that green, or unroasted, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short period of time. In a study presented at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society,...

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UF study: Nature-based tourism often benefits local environment, economy

Jun 01, 12 UF study: Nature-based tourism often benefits local environment, economy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When nature lovers book vacations in the great outdoors, they want their dollars to help preserve the places they visit, and a University of Florida study suggests that often happens. Research in Costa Rica, one of the world’s top destinations for nature-based tourism, showed that successful tour...

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Goats and sheep are great for clearing out unwanted brush

Apr 20, 12 Goats and sheep are great for clearing out unwanted brush

Posted by in Featured Stories, Land Care

Goats and sheep have a reputation for eating vegetation that most other grazing animals would not touch. This trait makes them invaluable to people who need to raise livestock in tough climates, but it’s also made them popular for landowners who need to clear brush or invasive plants from overgrown parcels. The nimble grazers...

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