Category Archives: Pests

New Publications from Extension

Amaryllis Lesion Nematode, Pratylenchus hippeastri Inserra (EENY546/IN975) Amaryllis lesion nematode is an important nematode pest of amaryllis in Florida. It reduces plant vigor, flower yield, and bulb size. As the nematodes tunnel through the root, the damaged cells die and … Continue reading

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Laurel Wilt Disease Found in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently confirmed the detection of laurel wilt disease in a Persea sp. from Manatee County. The location was approximately 3 miles west of Myakka City on SR 70 (27.36756, -82.21082). Laurel wilt … Continue reading

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Fusarium Wilt in Canary Island Date Palms

Fusarium Wilt of Canary Island Date Palm (PP215/PP139) As the name implies, Fusarium wilt of Canary Island date palm is primarily observed on the Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis). It was first documented in the United States in the … Continue reading

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Cogongrass Publication

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) Biology, Ecology, and Management in Florida Grazing Lands (SSAGR52/WG202) Cogongrass is found on every continent and is considered a weedy pest in 73 countries. In the U.S., cogongrass is found primarily in the Southeast. It was accidentally … Continue reading

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New Publication – Bud Rot of Palms

Bud Rot of Palm (PP220/PP144) To understand bud rots, an explanation of palm anatomy is necessary. The growing point of the palm is often called the bud or heart. All leaves originate from there, and each palm stem has only … Continue reading

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Pest Alert – Gladiolus Rust

For the third year in a row, gladiolus rust (Uromyces transversalis) has been confirmed in Manatee County according to a phytosanitary alert issued by the North American Plant Protection Organization Gladiolus rust is a quarantine pest that infects members of … Continue reading

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FREE computer-verified training tutorials on arthropods

This announcement from the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department may be of interest to anyone needing pesticide CEUs or providing training to staff, students or homeowners: The UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department  is releasing 30 computer-verified training tutorials on arthropods as FREE … Continue reading

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