My Extension program focuses on managing insects and mites on turfgrass and ornamental plants from production systems to established plants in golf courses and urban landscapes.
Florida has the largest turfgrass and second largest ornamental industries in the country. As a major port of entry with a tropical and sub-tropical climate, a large number of native and exotic arthropod pests affect these industries. My extension program provides research-based information to turf and ornamental producers and managers on how to more effectively and sustainably manage arthropod pests.
The ultimate destination of turfgrass and ornamental plants is most often 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. My Extension program also focuses on understanding the ecology of insects in urban environments so that we can reduce management inputs and increase urban plant quality.
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