ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

Mar 01, 17 ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

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By Dennis O’Brien Kalāheo, Hawaii, Feb. 3, 2017—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,...

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Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Feb 01, 17 Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

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By Merritt Melancon The lucky legume has been part of a boom-and-bust cycle for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil that has, so far, evaded farmers’ best pest control practices. This year is going to be a bust due to high pest pressure, said David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia who...

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State Preserves More Than 2,300 Acres of 160-Year-Old Ranch in Putnam County

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of 2,306 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural land on the Clay Ranch in Putnam County, while allowing the land and agriculture operations...

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2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Jan 02, 17 2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetable gardening, bahia grass, living with snakes and identifying poisonous plants. These are the topics for some of the top University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension documents from 2016. Here’s this year’s list of the top 10...

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A Faster Way to Get Rid of Kudzu

Aug 03, 16 A Faster Way to Get Rid of Kudzu

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By Sandra Avant According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study, the use of combined management programs can control kudzu more quickly than individual methods in use today. An invasive weed, kudzu was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s. It disrupts native ecosystems, threatens natural resources, and...

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‘Going Green’ with Stink Bug Control

Aug 02, 16 ‘Going Green’ with Stink Bug Control

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By Dennis O’Brien A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist has found “green” alternatives to insecticides to control three native stink bugs that damage cotton, and the new methods are catching on with growers. The green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris), southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula), and brown stink bug...

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Researchers trying to understand declining kudzu bug populations

May 02, 16 Researchers trying to understand declining kudzu bug populations

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By Kenzie Kesselring Once a nuisance for soybean farmers in the Southeast, kudzu bug populations appear to be declining in the U.S. “We can’t positively say it’s due to their natural enemies, but kudzu bug populations are decreasing,” said Ian Knight, a graduate student in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural...

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Tissue-cultured blackberry plants key in avoiding threat of viruses

By Clint Thompson With no chemical treatments to kill viruses in blackberries, University of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen recommends Georgia producers grow tissue-cultured plants. Tissue-cultured plants are often free of viruses. “And insects and nematodes can’t transmit the viruses to the young plant,” said...

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Early blooms call for patience, not pruning

Feb 01, 16 Early blooms call for patience, not pruning

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By Merritt Melancon With December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. Last month, gardeners in all corners of the state saw their azaleas blooming and their spring flowering trees forming buds. Since then, winter weather has returned and damaged...

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Green tea impairs development, reproduction in fruit flies, study finds

by University of California – Irvine.  Although green tea is enjoyed by millions for its numerous health benefits, University of California, Irvine researchers have discovered that excessive consumption adversely affected development and reproduction in fruit fly populations. It’s unclear whether overconsumption could have...

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Learning What “Wood” a Termite Prefers

Dec 01, 15 Learning What “Wood” a Termite Prefers

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By Kim Kaplan U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists recently tested 10 commercial lumber species to learn which woods a termite favors and spurns. Termites cause nearly $40 billion in damage globally each year and destroy parts of more than 600,000 homes annually in the United States alone. How much wood a single colony...

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Tiny fungi can weaken roots and kill trees

Nov 03, 15 Tiny fungi can weaken roots and kill trees

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By Stephen Pettis Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms. Wood-rotting organisms can slowly nibble away at trunks and buttress roots. Trees...

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Georgia’s peanut farmers having difficult year with white mold disease

Oct 01, 15 Georgia’s peanut farmers having difficult year with white mold disease

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By Tatyana Phelps  White mold disease has always been a problem for Georgia peanut farmers, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman. The disease has been even more of a nuisance due to the hot and humid weather conditions this growing season. Brenneman insists that, through proper use of the correct...

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Disease causes spots on oak tree leaves, won’t kill trees

By Paul Pugliese All of the rain earlier this spring has resulted in numerous calls to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents about leaf spot diseases on a variety of plants, including oak trees. Most fungal pathogens that infect leaves prefer cool, moist conditions during leaf expansion in early spring. As young, tender...

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Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

May 01, 15 Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

Posted by in Celebration, Gardening, Land Care, Landscaping

EVENT DATE: May. 15, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  An eco-friendly container garden class has been set for Friday, May 15 at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden, off of Ellis Road in Griffin, Georgia. Experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the University of Florida will teach...

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ProPhyt found to be effective treatment of orange cane blotch disease in blackberries

May 01, 15 ProPhyt found to be effective treatment of orange cane blotch disease in blackberries

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By Jordan Hill University of Georgia researchers have found a treatment that kills up to 70 percent of a disease that attacks blackberry plants. Orange cane blotch is an algal disease that produces orange, yellow or sometimes green spots on blackberry plant canes. After the disease dies, the cane dries out and cracks, allowing...

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UF/IFAS study: Forest managers hindered in efforts to use prescribed burns to control costly wildfires

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Forest managers would prefer to use prescribed burns every few years to help prevent costly wildfires and rebuild unhealthy ecosystems, but hurdles like staffing, budget, liability and new development hinder them, a new University of Florida study shows. Fighting...

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Florida Forest Service and Firefighter Federal Excess Program Provide More than $11 Million in Equipment to Rural Fire Departments

Mar 02, 15 Florida Forest Service and Firefighter Federal Excess Program Provide More than $11 Million in Equipment to Rural Fire Departments

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Equipment Used for Structure and Wildfire Suppression, Emergency Services and Natural Resource Protection TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that Florida’s rural fire departments...

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ARS Study Shows No Damage to Soils from Grazing of Cover Crops

By Dennis O’Brien A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on them. Cover crops reduce soil erosion, boost organic matter, keep more moisture in soil and sequester carbon in the soil so...

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UF/IFAS citizen science project abuzz over bees, wasps

Writer: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Citizen scientists around the world are busy as bees for a University of Florida study. A global movement called “citizen science” is gaining traction, as scientists give lay people protocols so they can collect valid data. In this case, participants build...

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