Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Biological control may be defined simply as the utilization of natural enemies to reduce the damage caused by destructive organisms to tolerable levels. Biological control can involve the use of parasites, predators, pathogens or a combination to control a pest species.
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Because they are so small, viruses can only be seen when magnified thousands of times using an electron microscope. However, many viruses are known to make aggregates of either virus particles or viral proteins. These aggregates, called viral inclusion bodies, can be seen using the light microscope and can be used for disease diagnosis.
The Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Museum of Entomology is ranked among the top 10 North American entomological collections. Its purpose is to build the best worldwide collection of terrestrial and aquatic arthropods in support of research, education and protecting Florida’s native and commercially grown plants and animals.
This page contains the field key to aid in identifying species of whiteflies that occur on Florida citrus.
The Techniques Development (TD) section conducts multiple projects and experiments. TD provides technical expertise for and participates in projects for the Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control and initiatives for the Division of Plant Industry.
Tropical Soda Apple (TSA), Solanum viarum Dunal, has been listed as an invasive weed pest by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) (1994) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (1995). Since the early 1990s, FDACS, USDA, natural area land managers, research institutions, and agribusiness interests in Florida and other Southeastern states have been actively engaged in the development of TSA management/control activities via the Tropical Soda Apple Task Force (TSATF).