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April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector

Morgan PinkertonApril 8th, 2024Recap of April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector In April, we took a closer look at the pest group thrips (Order: Thysanoptera). While there are over 7,000 species of thrips around the world, only a handful of them are pests on plants. Most thrips feed on fungi or decaying matter like leaf litter. […]

Know Your Heat Zone

Stephanie MeansAugust 15th, 2023Placing the right plant in the right place is crucial for gardening success, especially in the challenging climate we have here.  Most of us are familiar with plant hardiness zones but have you heard of heat zones? The lush and elegant garden of @Magdas_garden is one of my favorite plant related accounts to follow on […]

Scientists warn of invasive plant pest; say early detection, reporting key

Tory MooreMarch 29th, 2023An invasive thrips species has started to wreak havoc in Florida. The insect was first detected in Florida in 2020 but has since spread significantly across the state. What once was isolated to greenhouses now has begun to harm a wide range of plants including those in residential landscapes. The insect, Thrips parvispinus — commonly […]

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