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Entomology and Nematology

The Department of Entomology and Nematology maintains tripartite priorities consistent with the mandate given to full-service landgrant universities and associated experiment stations: Research, Extension, and Academics. These programs are facilitated with state funding, extramural contract and grant funding, donations and gifts, and the collaborative efforts of cooperating agencies and institutions. The Department has coordinated faculty efforts and strengths into what could be considered major thrust areas for the Department. These areas of emphasis include: Behavior, Ecology, and Systematics; Biological Control; Medical, Veterinary and Urban Entomology; Nematology; Pest Management; and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics.

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Citrus Pest Quick Guide: Citrus Rust Mite and Pink Citrus Rust Mite (Phyllocoptruta oleivora Ashmead) (Aculops pelekassi Keifer)

IN1411/ENY2103by L. M. Diepenbrock and J. D. BurrowAugust 22nd, 2023This publication is a brief description of the life cycle and damage of citrus rust mite and pink citrus rust mite. It is one publication in a series of quick guides to citrus pests. Each fact sheet is designed to be a quick reference of citrus pests for both residential and commercial industry audiences. Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

O Ácaro da Erinose da Lichia (Aceria litchii Keifer) (Acari: Eriophyidae)

IN1409/ENY2073Pby Alexandra M. Revynthi, Livia M. S. Ataide, Jonathan H. Crane, Jeff Wasielewski, Paul E. Kendra, and Daniel CarrilloAugust 3rd, 2023O objetivo deste informativo é fornecer informações detalhadas sobre o ácaro da erinose da lichia. Destina-se ao público leigo e acadêmico, dentre outros interessados em adiquirir algum conhecimento sobre a biologia deste ácaro.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

O bicudo do botão do hibisco (Anthonomus testaceosquamosus Linell, Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

IN1413/ENY2069Pby Alexandra M Revynthi, Livia M S Ataide, Yisell Velazquez Hernandez, Paul E Kendra, Daniel Carrillo, Catharine M MannionAugust 1st, 2023Este informativo sobre do bicudo do botão do hibisco é destinado ao público leigo e acadêmico, dentre outros interessados em adiquirir algum conhecimento sobre a biologia do bicudo do botão do hibisco. Essa praga do hibisco rosa da China, é originário do nordeste do México e do sul do Texas e pode causar grandes perdas econômicas aos produtores de hibisco. O objetivo desta publicação é fornecer informações importantes sobre essa praga do hibisco aos proprietários de viveiros, proprietários de casas-de-vegetação e outros.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Chagas Disease: A Review of Vector-Borne Transmission by Triatomine Bugs (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae)

IN1412/ENY2104by Bethany R. Eutsey, Cameron J. Jack, Shelley A. Whitehead, and Eva A. BucknerJuly 13th, 2023Chagas disease is a potentially fatal, chronic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite. It causes 6 to 8 million cases and 50,000 deaths each year. Humans and animals usually become infected with T. cruzi via triatomine bugs, also called kissing or conenose bugs, found only in the Americas. Disease transmitted by triatomine bugs generally occurs in rural areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America, but it is becoming more prevalent in non-endemic areas like the US as asymptomatic infected people move from rural to urban areas of Latin America and other regions.  In the US, approximately 300,000 people are currently infected with Chagas disease, 18,000 in Florida. Most if not all of them were infected elsewhere; local transmission of Chagas disease via triatomines in the US is rare. Awareness and understanding of Chagas disease are critical to detect and treat cases early. This publication is intended for anyone interested in learning more about Chagas disease.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Rift Valley Fever Virus: A Zoonotic Vector-Borne Pathogen Affecting Human and Livestock Health

IN1403/ENY-2099by Abdullah A. Alomar, Lindsay P. Campbell, Derrick K. Mathias, and Nathan D. Burkett-CadenaJune 22nd, 2023This publication summarizes the available information about the distribution, vectors, vertebrate hosts, transmission cycles, epidemiology, and control of Rift Valley fever virus.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment