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Wilting Away

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EPI was created in 2006 to facilitate interdisciplinary studies of emergence and control of human, animal and plant pathogens of concern to the world.


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News and Announcements

Science Scenes: El Oro, Ecuador

August 2, 2019: Ever wonder what scientists are up to behind the scenes, when they are not consumed with crunching data, or endlessly editing papers for publication? They just may be traveling in far-flung places — not only to hunt for data, but to build relationships with the people and places they study. This is the first photo essay in a new occasional series, Science Scenes, in which we invite you to explore how EPI's faculty and affiliate researchers work across the globe. Read More

Lethal bronzing spreads to new palm hosts, counties

July 17, 2019: A new study adds four additional species to the growing list of palm trees susceptible to lethal bronzing disease, for a revised total of 16. Researchers with UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences sampled hundreds of palms in Florida to identify the new hosts, all of which are common ornamentals found throughout central and southern portions of the state. They also found the disease has spread to eight new counties. Read More

Global crop surveillance system, bulwark against disease

July 11, 2019: A proposed global surveillance system would act as a bulwark against diseases that threaten food crops. UF plant pathologist Karen Garrett, who is affiliated with both IFAS and the EPI, coauthored a policy paper in Science outlining a visionary system that would link existing local and national programs to identify, predict, monitor and mitigate outbreaks of emerging crop diseases. Read More

Rising insecticide resistance challenges mosquito control

July 8, 2019: Mosquitoes are developing high levels of resistance to all major classes of chemical insecticides. UF medical geographers investigate how resistance can fluctuate across seasons and geography, revealing useful data for real-time adaptive strategies to mitigate mosquito-borne diseases in people. Read More

New study maps risk of citrus greening establishment

July 2, 2019: A new study by an international research team, including UF medical geographer and EPI investigator Sadie Ryan, identifies global regions most at risk of -- and most resilient to -- citrus greening. There is no cure for infected trees, and the disease has wiped out millions of acres of citrus crops worldwide. Read More

Seminars and Events

Food safety and antimicrobial resistance research: A One Health perspective

July 26, 2019: Hung Nguyen-Viet is the regional representative of International Livestock Research Institute for East and Southeast Asia and senior scientist in food safety and Ecohealth. His research focuses on the link between health and agriculture, food safety, infectious and zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on the use of integrative approaches. Read More

Finding Paths Through Theory and Data to Valid Inferences

May 29, 2019: James S. Koopman, MD, MPH will talk about strategies for insuring the validity of either scientific inferences or public action inferences about complex systems such as infection transmission systems or ecological systems generating harmful algae blooms. In particular, he will present a strategy for insuring that inferences are not invalidated due to either model misspecification or due to lack of identifiability of the inference sought given the data being analyzed. Read More

OIE High Impact Animal Diseases: Africa and the Global Situation

May 24, 2019: Professor Koos Coetzer has received several national and international research and teaching awards and prizes. From 2007 to 2013 he served as President of the Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine. He has presented papers at 24 national and 42 international congresses and symposia, and has published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Read More

Healthcare Associated Outbreaks of Bacterial Diseases: Time to Modernize

April 30, 2019: Dr. Harrison’s CDC- and NIH-funded research focuses on the epidemiology and genomic epidemiology of vaccine-preventable and other serious bacterial infections, including Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Clostridium difficile, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Read More

Examining Exposure to Fecal Contamination in Low-Income Urban Environments: Findings from SaniPath Exposure Assessments in Seven Cities

April 12, 2019: Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents – particularly foodborne and waterborne disease. She works on international water, sanitation and health issues and has conducted research in the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Ghana, Rwanda, India, Cambodia, Uganda, and Kenya. Read More

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