Tag Archive: World

What in the World is a Watermelon Radish?

The watermelon radish is a member of the mustard family, which includes arugula, broccoli, and turnips. It has an edible round white root with a green stem and leaves.  The inside flesh is rimmed in white with a dark pink circular pattern, resembling a watermelon, and is crisp and sweet, with a mild peppery taste. …

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Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World

Azaleas have been in full bloom this year since mid-February. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson It’s mid-February, and regardless of the groundhog’s prediction, spring seems to have arrived in northwest Florida. In my neighborhood, all the azaleas have bloomed. While beautiful, it’s something that usually doesn’t happen around here until well into March! According to NOAA …

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APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog

Source:  USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 01/09/2017 Screwworm larvae. Source: Foreign Animal Diseases “The Grey Book” USAHA The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. The dog was isolated and his …

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Florida Master Naturalist Courses Provide Unique Perspective into Natural World

Do you love the outdoors? Wish you knew more about the plants and animals native to our area? Master Naturalist Jerry Patee leads classmates along his project: a wetland boardwalk in Perdido Key. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a course offered by Extension agents throughout the state, including the northwestern …

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The World of Worms – the Annelids… Part 3 of 3

In the final segment of this 3 part series on worms we will discuss the largest, most commonly encountered members of the worm world… the Annelids. Neredia are one of the more common polychaete worms.Photo: University of California Berkley Annelids differ from the other two groups of worms we have discussed in that they have …

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The World of Worms… Part 2 of 3

The round body of a microscopic nematode.Photo: University of Nebraska at Lincoln In the first article of this series we discussed the how unpleasant the subject of worms were but how beneficial many species are to our environment. We highlighted the flatworms and this week we will look at the roundworms.   There are a …

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The World of Worms… Part 1 of 3

I am afraid worms are not the most pleasant topic to write about but few people know much about them. I was once told when I was a student that if you wanted to become known as a scientist study worms, no one else is.   When we hear the term “worm” negative things enter …

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New World Screwworm: Gone -Yes, but not Forgotten!

Florida has a long history with New World Screwworm.  Shown here from the left, is a screwworm fly and screwworm larvae (or maggots). Several kinds of maggots infest the wounds of warm-blooded animals; however, the only one that feeds exclusively on live flesh is the screwworm, and Florida has a long history with New World …

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