Websites & Social Media

> Florida Whitefly

Florida Whitefly was released in the spring of 2012 and is a website portal focused on Florida whitefly issues of concern to landscape professionals, homeowners, and the general public. BRE worked with a variety of collaborators to develop, design, and update the Florida Whitefly portal.  Florida Whitefly is a partnership between the University of Florida (UF), IFAS Extension, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services-Division of Plant Industry, UF/IFAS Extension-Broward County, UF/IFAS Extension-Lee County, UF/IFAS Extension-Miami-Dade County, UF/IFAS-Extension-Palm Beach County, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, IPM Florida, and Pest Management University. 

 

> Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Florida

IPM essentially provides an integrated biological, cultural, physical, and chemical to pest management.  Entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, horticulturists, and others have been increasingly utilizing IPM for the last few decades.  However, a synthesis of IPM activities and a coordinated programmatic effort are critically important to the success of IPM in Florida.  IPM Florida, led by Director Dr. Norman Leppla, identified a need for streamlining the current websites content based on clientele needs.  In 2012, Dr. Leppla requested assistance from the BRE lab for redesigning the IPM Florida website. A new user-friendly, clientele focused website for IPM Florida is planned for release in August of 2012.

 

> National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector Training
Account creation and login required for some content

Members of the BRE lab have been managing NPDN First Detector training since the launch of the initial crop biosecurity course e-learning (in 2008).  The current NPDN Training and Education website for First Detectors was launched in 2011.  Previously, NPDN First Detector content such as weblinks and scripted presentations were housed on the NPDN First Detector information page.  In order to simplify and streamline efforts, content was moved from the NPDN First Detector page.  This allows those interested in NPDN First Detector information to directly go to their primary site of interest-the NPDN First Detector Website.  NPDN Traditional (i.e. face-to-face delivery) First Detector training has occurred since 2003, and the program has served primarily as a train-the-trainer program for county extension faculty, crop consultants, and other appropriate individuals.  In 2010, the NPDN partnered with USDA-APHIS-PPQ to form a new multi-agency educational program referred to as “Protect U.S.-the Community Invasive Species Network” for the following audiences: small farms, the general public, and K-12.  The Protect U.S. website is also managed by BRE.  Also during 2010, the NPDN officially partnered with USDA-APHIS-PPQ and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) for the formation of the Sentinel Plant Network (SPN), targeting public Botanical Gardens.  Both Protect U.S. and SPN are educational efforts closely affiliated with and in partnership with NPDN First Detector training, but each addresses a separate audience.  As the programs are affiliated with NPDN First Detector training, e-learning modules for Protect U.S. and SPN are housed on the First Detector website and linked to from their home organizational websites.  All e-learning data (NPDN First Detector, Protect U.S., and SPN) are housed on the NPDN First Detector Training website.  Additionally, all Traditional (i.e. current and historic face-to-face) NPDN First Detector training data is housed on this site.  Free scripted presentations (for educators) and general program information is available without the creation of a user account.  Completion of the e-learning modules requires logging in with a username and password.  Personnel data is restricted access and viewed only by approved users.

 

> NPDN Twitter

Provides tweets and updates relevant to invasive species pest detection (for First Detectors) at the national level.

 

> Protect U.S., Community Invasive Species Network
Account creation and login required for some content

Protect U.S., the Community Invasive Species Network, is a multiple-agency partner program focused on protecting the U.S. from exotic, invasive species that could harm our food crops and natural ecosystems.  The target audience for the Protect U.S. educational initiatives includes:  small farms, the general public, and K-12 instructors.

 

> UF/IFAS Pest Alert

Pest Alert provides a mechanism for the Department of Entomology and Nematology in UF/IFAS to offer timely information on new and reoccurring pest problems. Pest Alert also includes links to information from Federal and state agencies that directly or indirectly affect Florida residents.  The BRE lab began managing Pest Alert at the end of June 2012.  The founder of Pest Alert, Tom Fasulo, officially retired from UF/IFAS on June 30, 2012.

 

> Florida First Detector

Collaborative and Enhanced First Detector Training for Florida is a multiagency educational effort focused on enhancing the early detection of exotic, invasive pests that threaten agriculture, nursery industries, and natural areas. Our website provides scripted presentations for educators of Master Gardeners, small farm producers, nursery growers, public garden staff, and state park personnel. Our website also directly links interested members of the public and past workshop attendees to Florida-focused e-learning modules.