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Spiraling whitefly needs to be treated

Spiraling whitefly needs to be treated

<p>Pest: The gumbo limbo whitefly spiraling infest southeast Florida.<br />

Pest: The gumbo limbo whitefly spiraling infest southeast Florida.


By Adrian Hunsberger dade@ifas.ufl.edu

Q. My plants are getting covered in white fluffy stuff and a black mold. Even my car is turning sticky. What can I do?

A: You sent me a sample of the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly (the new name is the rugose spiraling whitefly). This pest has been in the Miami area for a few years and now infests much of southeast Florida. It is not a serious pest to most plants but it does create a mess.

You can treat infested plants yourself or hire a landscape pest control company. Use a soil applied systemic insecticide and always follow the label directions. This type of insecticide is available at garden centers, retail nurseries and agricultural supply companies. Many products last up to a year, so don’t apply them more often. They take a few weeks to work but they are long-lasting.

To learn more about whiteflies and other South Florida pests, visit this website: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/ If you have questions, you can call your local University of Florida Extension office (Broward County 954-357-5270, Miami-Dade County 305-248-3311 x 228 or x 222, Monroe 305-292-4501, Palm Beach 561-233-1700).

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/13/2496088/spiraling-whitefly-needs-to-be.html#ixzz1dfMn00kV

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The Insect Genome Project Can Save Us From Disease

The Insect Genome Project Can Save Us From Disease

BY Ariel Schwartz

The Human Genome Project was a $3.8 billion undertaking that has so far yielded over $800 billion in economic output. The 5,000 Insect Genome Project (i5k), an initiative that aims to sequence the genomes of 5,000 insects and arthropods over the next five years, could reap similar rewards–but for a fraction of the price.

The initiative’s launch group, which includes researchers from the USDA, the European Bioinformatics Institute and Kansas State University, believes that it can sequence all 5,000 genomes for $5 million (and handle bioinformatics and data mining for another $10 million). This is just a fraction of the million or so insect species in existence, of course, but DNA sequencing costs are dropping constantly–so a goal of 5,000 insects is just the start, according to American Entemologist. What might we look forward to in a world where insect genomes have been decoded?

  • Better pesticides. Researchers can use sequencing information, computational analysis, and bioinformatics to figure out what changes in the genome make insect species resistant to certain pesticides. By mining data for the genes involved with detoxifying chemicals that make their way inside insects, for example, researchers could figure out how to target them. Researchers could also figure out how insect immune systems change in response to the use of biopesticides. We can already hear Monsanto salivating.
  • Protection for more vulnerable species. The same data about those detoxifying genes could be used to protect honeybees (which don’t have as many detox genes to begin with) from being affected by pesticides–and that could help prevent our entire food system from crashing down.
  • Preventing the spread of insect-borne diseases. Plant, animal, and microbe genomes are already being sequenced. By adding insects to the mix, scientists can better understand the relationships between host, insect, and pathogen–and potentially stop disease transmission. “So if you think about mosquitoes, we currently have three genomes of mosquitoes that are vectors of malaria and other diseases. But there are other very similar, related mosquitoes that do not act as vectors, so we want to sequence non-vector species as well so we can determine what makes an arthropod a vector or not a vector,” explained Daniel Lawson, a coordinator at the European Bioinformatics Institute in an interview with American Entemologist.
  • Development of detection devices for biodefense. If scientists can replicate insects’ sharp sensory receptors, we could see all sorts of DARPA-like nanotech military spy cameras.

The i5k project hasn’t definitely decided on what insect genomes to sequence, so if you have any favorite bugs, submit them here.

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