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Alluaud’s Little Yellow Ant Plagiolepis alluaudi Emery (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

The Featured Creatures collection provides in-depth profiles of insects, nematodes, arachnids and other organisms relevant to Florida. These profiles are intended for the use of interested laypersons with some knowledge of biology as well as academic audiences.
Released On: 09-12-2022

Termite Species Distribution in Florida and UF Termite Identification Services

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

There are 20 termite species established in Florida, but not all of them have a pest status, and some invasive termite species affect only parts of the state. This publication highlights where each termite species is known to be established, so that Florida residents, pest control companies and UF/IFAS Extension agents can easily learn the termite risk at any given location within the state. It is a companion resource to the online termite distribution map available at The UF/IFAS termite research team provides identification services to ensure proper treatment of infestations. In addition, as some invasive species continue to spread, there is a need to continue reporting termite samples so that various communities across Florida have access to up-to-date knowledge of what termite species have been reported in their respective areas.
Released On: 05-16-2022

La Grama Bahía para Patios de Florida

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Esta publicación está destinada a propietarios de casas y encargados de céspedes que manejan grama Bahía en el paisaje de Florida. This new 6-page translation of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department was written by Marco Schiavon, J. Bryan Unruh, Kevin E. Kenworthy, y Henrique Mayer.
Released On: 04-28-2022

Repensando el papel del nitrógeno y fósforo en la eutrofización de los ecosistemas acuáticos

Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Históricamente, las agencias ambientales han buscado mejorar la calidad del agua de los lagos y ríos de agua dulce mediante el manejo de un solo nutriente. El fósforo era el nutriente principal de preocupación en los sistemas de agua dulce y el nitrógeno estaba regulado en los sistemas costeros y estuarios. Investigaciones recientes indican que debemos reducir tanto el fósforo como el nitrógeno para revertir los síntomas de eutrofización en todos los sistemas acuáticos. This new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences, written by H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Ashley Smyth, Karl Havens, and Thomas Frazer, is a translation of SGEF190/SG118, "Rethinking the Role of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the Eutrophication of Aquatic Ecosystems."
Released On: 04-25-2022

Rethinking the Role of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the Eutrophication of Aquatic Ecosystems

Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Nitrogen and phosphorus are two nutrients that are essential for the growth and survival of plants and animals but are often present in short supply. Both nitrogen and phosphorus are applied regularly through fertilizer to increase the yield of crops needed to feed human populations and for residential and commercial landscaping purposes. This publication contains information for stakeholders, students, scientists, and environmental agencies interested in understanding how nitrogen and phosphorus affect water resources. Major revision by Ashley Smyth, H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Karl Havens, and Thomas Frazer; 5 pp.
Released On: 01-09-2022