How Support for Public Scientists Pays Dividends for South Florida - Opinion (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

How Support for Public Scientists Pays Dividends for South Florida – Opinion

University of Florida’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and Leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Dr. Jack Payne, shares his opinion on the South Florida Sun Sentinel about Dr. Thomas Chouvenc’s research, an assistant professor of Urban Entomology at UF/IFAS in Davie. Dr. Chouvenc’s work focuses on the Asian subterranean termite, a voracious species that has recently reached the region and is especially well adapted for eating wood in South Florida.

His goal: to keep the termites from wreaking economic and environmental damage on South Florida. Chouvenc wants a solution that doesn’t involve widespread liquid termiticides because they’re unreliable in controlling this termite species. His strategy of using termite baits instead of spraying also reduces the environmental impact.

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