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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Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

Jan 30, 15 Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

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By Mary Carol Sheffield Resolve to live more sustainably in 2015 by creating a compost pile or bin to help reduce household waste. Many items thrown into the trash can be sorted out and composted in the backyard, and benefits go well beyond waste reduction. Compost can be used to improve garden soil and make landscapes and vegetable...

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UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

Dec 31, 14 UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

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Writer: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry. Red ambrosia beetles bore holes into healthy avocado...

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Using Poison-Frog Compounds to Control Fire Ants

Dec 31, 14 Using Poison-Frog Compounds to Control Fire Ants

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By Sandra Avant U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators have found that naturally occurring compounds—alkaloids—that are found on the skin of certain poison frogs can incapacitate and kill fire ants. The red imported fire ant damages crops, devastates small animal populations and inflicts painful...

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Plant fall vegetables now so they can mature before first frost

Oct 01, 14 Plant fall vegetables now so they can mature before first frost

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By Paul Pugliese As summer vegetables like corn and beans stop bearing, home gardeners can plant fall gardens filled with cool-season vegetables. Timing is everything Fall gardens in Georgia can be very challenging to get cool-season vegetables through the end of summer. It’s a delicate balance in starting them early enough to...

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Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say.

Jul 31, 14 Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say.

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Writer: Mickie Anderson, mickiea@ufl.edu, 352-273-3566 • Source: Mathews Paret, paret@ufl.edu, 850-875-7154 • Source: Gary Knox, gwknox@ufl.edu, 850-875-7162  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s enough to send gardeners into conniptions. Crape myrtle, a tree adored for its bright flowers that scream summer, care-free maintenance and...

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Once established, wildflowers add to landscape, feed beneficial pollinators.

Jul 31, 14 Once established, wildflowers add to landscape, feed beneficial pollinators.

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By Frank M. Watson • UGA Cooperative Extension. Whether you plant wildflowers in huge swaths along roadsides or in tiny pocket gardens in the backyard, the vibrant colors and rich mixtures these hardy plants bring are sure to please any flower-lover’s eye and attract beneficial pollinating insects. But don’t let the word wild...

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New disease hits Georgia Vidalia onion crop.

Jul 31, 14 New disease hits Georgia Vidalia onion crop.

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By Clint Thompson • University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences  Georgia is the only state that produces sweet Vidalia onions. It’s also the only state where onion farmers are tackling a new disease — yellow bud. Yellow bud (Allium Cepa) turns onion leaves yellow, similar to a ripe banana. The...

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Are ants the answer to carbon dioxide sequestration?

Jul 31, 14 Are ants the answer to carbon dioxide sequestration?

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by Geological Society of America.  A 25-year-long study published in Geology on 14 July provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay...

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