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Salty Solution?

Mackenzie Bell, a graduate student at the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, hoped to find a salty solution to control Brazilian pepper, (Schinus terebinthifolia), a pervasive and pernicious exotic pest plant that infests hundreds of thousands…

Great Garden Gall

Fran Robinson (Class of 2018) sent this photo of a gall on her white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) plant.  This gall likely is the handiwork of a gall midge (Neolasioptera verbesinae).  Its species name, verbesinae, speaks to its fidelity to the genus Verbesina.…