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Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Published: Dec 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A plant-destroying virus farmers call one of their worst enemies may soon be an ally in the fight against crop pests and mosquitoes, say University of Florida researchers.

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

Published: Dec 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The German cockroach — one of the most common and hated household pests — is winning the war against some of the newest insecticides and baits, according […]

New consortium aims to promote better research to protect state’s forests

Published: Nov 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each day, Florida gains an average of 1,000 residents and loses more than 200 acres of forest—but University of Florida experts say rapid urbanization doesn’t doom the state to a treeless existence.

Fires in far northern forests to have cooling, not warming, effect

Published: Nov 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Droughts and longer summers tied to global warming are causing more fires in the Earth’s vast northernmost forests, a phenomenon that will spew a steadily increasing amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Bedbugs begone! UF fumigation school teaches low-cost control method

Bedbugs begone! UF fumigation school teaches low-cost control method

Published: Nov 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bedbugs are back, so University of Florida experts are helping revive an old method that makes it easier — and less expensive — for pest control operators to fight the blood-sucking insects.

New, bigger barnacle discovered on Florida’s east coast

New, bigger barnacle discovered on Florida’s east coast

Published: Oct 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A bigger barnacle than Florida has seen before has made its way to the state’s east coast.

UF study: Live oak trees struggle for survival in growth areas

UF study: Live oak trees struggle for survival in growth areas

Published: Sep 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The majestic live oak is losing its battle for survival to suburban sprawl and the encroachment of taller trees, a new University of Florida study finds.

Scientists: wildlife corridors benefit plant biodiversity, native plants

Published: Aug 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wildlife corridors appear to support not only wildlife but also plants —especially the oft-threatened native variety.

Palm deaths accelerating on Florida coast; likely cause is rising seas

Published: Aug 7th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Palm trees on Florida’s west coast appear to be dying more rapidly than in previous years because of sea level rise tied to global warming.

At an underwater volcano, evidence of man’s environmental impact

At an underwater volcano, evidence of man’s environmental impact

Published: Aug 1st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists studying hydrothermal vents, those underwater geysers that are home to bizarre geological structures and unique marine species, have discovered something all too familiar: pollution.