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Boxwood Blight Update: Where we are and where we hope to be…

Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is a new plant disease to the United States, having first been confirmed in the October, 2011. The disease can cause significant defoliation and branch dieback to infected plants. Most of what we know about the disease is from research done in Europe where the disease was first discovered in the early 1990s. However, recent work in the US has shed additional light on disease diagnosis, its reproductive potential, and host range. The purpose of this webinar is share with boxwood growers and the public what the scientific community currently knows about this problematic disease and the research priorities they have identified.

Date: Friday March 23

Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM

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IveGot1 Android App. – Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida

How nifty!

IveGot1 brings the power of EDDMapS to your Android. Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your Android from the field. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. IveGot1 was developed by the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. IveGot1 is more than just an app, it is an integrated invasive species reporting and outreach campaign for Florida that includes the app, a website with direct access to invasive species reporting and a hotline 1-888-IVEGOT1 for instant reports of live animals.

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What Happens to Soil Samples

Soil Testing Lab at Kansas State University – YouTube.

Kansas State University just released this video on how our soil testing lab works. I’m sure it is a similar process at all soil testing labs, but I thought you might find it interesting. There are quite a few people working in the lab, so for a very small investment in your local university soil testing lab (ours is $6 to $10.50 per sample depending on what you want to know), you can get excellent results very quickly.

The soil testing lab can also do analyses on water samples, plant tissue and soil-less media. For more information, contact your local university soil testing lab.


Prevention, Early Detection, and Eradication of Benghal Dayflower in Field Nurseries

Robert H. Stamps, professor of environmental horticulture and Extension cut foliage specialist, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

Benghal dayflower (Commelina benghalensis L.), an increasingly problematic weed, is also known as jio, tropical spiderwort, hairy wandering jew, and Indian dayflower, among other names. It is an herbaceous monocot (flowering plant that produces one seed leaf and has fibrous roots, leaves with parallel veins, and flower parts occurring in multiples of three) that is native to Asia and tropical Africa. It was first collected in the continental United States in 1928, and in 1983, it was designated a “noxious weed” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Faden 1993). Benghal dayflower is also listed as a noxious weed by at least nine states, including Florida. This listing means that “it is unlawful to introduce, multiply, possess, move, or release any… noxious weed, or invasive plant regulated by the department [in Florida, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services] or the USDA …” (Florida Administrative Code Rule 5B-57.004).

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Make us your homepage (because we are THAT cool)!!!

Why not make us your homepage and learn something (almost) everyday!

Here’s how…

Mozilla Firefox

If you like to keep things simple, here’s how to set your home page in three easy steps.

  1. Open the web site you want to set as your home page. If you want a blank home page, open a new tab.
  2. Click the icon to the left of the web address, drag it to the Home button, and release.

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  3. Click Yes to set this as your home page.

Try it out: Click the Home button and your new home page will load in the current tab. It doesn’t get much easier than that!


Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the webpage you would like to set as the home page.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of the Home button Picture of the Home button, and then clickAdd or Change Home Page.
  4. In the Add or Change Home Page dialog box, do one of the following:
    • To make the current webpage your only home page, click Use this webpage as your only home page.
    • To start a home page tab set or to add the current webpage to your set of home page tabs, click Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
    • To replace your existing home page or home page tab set with the webpages you currently have open, click Use the current tab set as your home page. This option will only be available if you have more than one tab open in Internet Explorer.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.



Select General from the Preferences menu, which is now overlaying your browser window. OnceGeneral is selected, you will notice a section labeled Home Page in the main window of the Preferences dialog.

Directly to the right of the “Home Page” label is an edit field containing your current home page URL. In the example below, Safari’s current home page is To modify this address, simply erase the contents of the edit field and replace it with the desired web address.

Directly below this edit field you will see a button labeled Set to Current Page. Clicking this button will change your home page setting to whatever page you are currently viewing within the Safari browser.

Once you have completed your changes, close the Safari Preferences dialog by clicking the red circle/x located in the top left hand corner of the box.


Google Chrome

You can set your favorite webpage as your home page and have it appear whenever you start up your browser. And if you add the home page button to the browser toolbar, you can click it at anytime to get to your home page.

Follow these steps to adjust your home page settings:

  1. Click the wrench icon wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on a Chromebook).
  3. Click the Basics tab.
    • Set your home page
      Pick the page you’d like to be your home page in the “Home page” section. You can select to use the New Tab page as your home page. To use another page, select “Open this page” and enter the web address of the page you’d like to use.
    • Add the home button to the browser toolbar
      Want a button on the browser toolbar that you can click to open your home page? Select the “Show Home button” checkbox in the “Toolbar” section.
    • Set your home page as your startup page
      To see your homepage whenever you open Google Chrome, go to the “On startup” section and select “Open the home page.”