My Extension program focuses on the management of insects and mites on turfgrass and ornamental plants from production systems to established planting on golf courses and in urban landscapes.
Florida has the largest turfgrass and second largest ornamental industries in the U.S. As a major port of entry with a tropical and sub-tropical climate, native and exotic arthropods are constantly creating challenges for these industries. My extension program provides research-based information to turf and ornamental producers and managers on how to more effectively and sustainably manage arthropods in these systems.
These plants are ubiquitous in urban landscapes where over 90% of Florida’s 20 million people live. These plants provide services that benefit people, but are often reduced by arthropod pests or stressful conditions. My Extension program also translates insect ecology to application in urban ecosystems so that we can reduce management inputs and increase urban plant quality.
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