How the UF Bug Team helps Florida
Learn the Top Five ways the UF Bug Team is essential to Florida.
1. We are on the watch.
Florida is constantly being invaded by bugs from abroad. UF supports the work of federal and state agencies in catching pests at their entry point. UF entomologists help detect pests early, before too much damage occurs, and develop means to keep them from causing more damage.
2. We’re indispensable to agriculture.
There are more than 47,000 commercial farms in Florida on which three quarters of a million people depend for their livelihood. UF/IFAS Extension faculty members are in every county in the state to advise farmers on protecting livestock and crops from pests.
3. We protect public health.
UF entomologists work to check the spread of arthropod-borne diseases such as west Nile virus. They detect public health threats, warn Floridians to take precautions, and help develop plans to contain outbreaks.
4. We protect the environment.
Many invasive arthropods pose dangers to Florida’s native plants and animals. UF researchers in the lab and in the field are figuring out new ways to protect Florida’s ecosystems from these pests.
5. We’re teaching the next generation.
The UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department is among the nation’s largest. It offers six undergraduate degree track options to prepare the next generation of research scientists, crop managers, physicians, biosecurity experts and more. Currently, the department has 43 undergraduate students majoring in entomology, along with 66 master’s students and 61 doctoral students.