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University of Florida

Hillsborough County Site Selected For New UF/IFAS Research Center

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has announced the intent to locate a new consolidated research and education center at Balm in Hillsborough County.

The proposed $12 million center will merge the programs of the 75-year-old Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at Bradenton and a field laboratory site at Dover near Plant City. The center will conduct research on tomatoes and vegetables, ornamental and flowering plants, and strawberries. The new facility conforms to a legislative mandate to consolidate and regionalize the UF/IFAS research and education network. (more …)

UF Termite Expert Says New Electronic Bug Detects Pest

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By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source(s):
Nan-Yao Su nysu@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6339
Jane MacMillan JPMacMillan@dow.com, (317) 337-7598

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—It’s one bug against another. A University of Florida termite expert says tests on a new electronic bug are more than 98 percent accurate in detecting subterranean termites chewing on wood near homes.

“It’s almost like asking E.T. to phone home,” said Nan-Yao Su, professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “When termites start feeding on wood in bait stations in the ground around homes or other structures, their feeding activity can now be recorded on a microchip. (more …)

Deer Flies A Biting Problem? Oddly, “Trolling” May Be Just The Ticket

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By:
Aaron Hoo

Source:
Russ Mizell rfmizell@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7100

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The deer flies are so bad at Dick Coski’s farm near Lake Erie in northeast Ohio that he used to get covered in bites mowing his small field.

Hunting for a solution, the retired Social Security claims representative found a Web site about a curious deer fly-control device invented by a University of Florida scientist. The bright blue plastic flowerpot, covered with sticky material and suspended upside-down on a pole, was said to entice and capture the pesky bugs. (more …)

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