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UF/IFAS Mosquito Expert: Literature Review Verifies Safety of Popular Repellent DEET, Counters Alarmist News Reports

As summer continues, many Florida residents find themselves targeted by mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks – and a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist says that when people reach for repellents, their first choice should still be products containing the active ingredient  N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, better known as DEET. Toxicologist Jeffrey R. Bloomquist, a professor with the

UF/IFAS  Researchers Honored for Avocado Integrated Pest Management

By Robin Koestoyo and Carolina Revilla-Vendrame University of Florida officials recognized a team of research scientists with a High Impact Research Publication award for an article published in the May 2018 edition of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, an international scholarly science journal. The publication, “Identification of the Achilles heels of the laurel wilt pathogen and its beetle vector,” introduces new pest management

UF Experts Provide Educational Resources on Mosquito-Related Issues

By Sydney Honeycutt GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- New educational resources from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences covering mosquito-related topics are now available for teachers to download and use in their classrooms. The UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources has developed lesson plans, content outlines, worksheets and presentations appropriate for elementary, middle and

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