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Category: Natural Resources

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

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This year, National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) spans from February 22-26. The goal of NISAW is to spread awareness of invasive species and the impact they have. In recognition of NISAW, the UF/IFAS Center… Read More

Giant salvinia: A Sleeping Monster

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By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) is an invasive floating fern from South America that prefers to stack up in slow moving water. Trust me,… Read More

Waterhyacinth: A Past Memory or a Current Problem?

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By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Waterhyacinth is a free-floating plant that produces a showy and very attractive blue/purple flower. As they bunch together and bloom, it provides a… Read More

Necessity of Aquatic Plant Management

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Aquatic plant management is necessary for recreation, navigation, biodiversity and more. Invasive plants harm Florida’s natural environment and lead to a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem health. They usually cannot be completely eradicated and will… Read More

Aquatic Plant Management Agencies

Laws are in place to protect Florida from invasive plants. Some laws limit or restrict the transport or possession of certain plants. The management and control of these plants is directed by various managing agencies…. Read More

Aquatic Plant Management Techniques

Aquatic plants can be managed by biological, chemical, mechanical, physical and integrated control techniques. Invasive plant management is a big issue in Florida. State agencies, the federal government, water management districts, counties and cities spend… Read More

UF/IFAS CAIP Scientists Educate About Aquatic Invasive Plant Control

The UF / IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit. As extension being one of the pillars of CAIP’s mission, the team of researchers works hard… Read More

Impacts of Invasive Plant Management Techniques

Invasive plant management tools have both pros and cons. Each type of invasive plant management technique can have both positive and negative impacts. These management techniques include biological control, chemical control, mechanical control, physical control… Read More

Communicating about invasive plants: It’s complicated!

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How do you communicate to others about invasive plants? How do you tell someone that their prized golden pothos, climbing up their massive Chinese tallow tree are likely spreading into natural areas? Or that their… Read More

The Science Behind Maintenance Control

By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Invasive plants are a constant problem in the environment. Whether they are blocking navigation and access, or damaging native plant communities, invasives have… Read More