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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

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

Water lettuce, Pista stratiotes: Native…Invasive…Or does it really matter?

By Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Water lettuce is an extremely common floating plant in Florida. This leafy plant can be observed from north to south and has the… Read More

UF/IFAS CAIP Graduate Student Overcomes COVID-19 Setbacks

COVID-19 has caused plans to change, canceled experiments and delays in projects. However, this crisis has resulted in unforeseen educational opportunities, better virtual communication and, in some cases, allowed scientists and graduate students to dive… Read More

University of Florida Scientists and Students Adapt and Overcome Despite COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted daily life in fundamental ways creating stress, uncertainty and challenging situations for everyone. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP) is… Read More

Working Harder to Make Hydrilla Harvesting Work

By: Dr. James Leary, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Faculty Mechanical harvesting aquatic plants is not a new concept. Increasingly larger and more efficient machines have been used in Florida to fight invasive… Read More

Working at UF/IFAS CAIP is a Family Tradition

In 1979, Dan Thayer wrote a letter to Dr. William Haller that would impact the course of his entire family’s future and career paths. The letter asked if Dr. Haller would be willing to take… Read More

National Invasive Species Awareness Week – Four of Florida’s Invasive Plants

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Communication Assistant Plants are introduced to environments both intentionally and unintentionally for various reasons. More than 4,000 plant species are found in Florida and… Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Jacob Thayer

Jacob Thayer, originally from Jupiter, Florida, is a graduate assistant with the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) majoring in agronomy with a focus in aquatic plant management. Majoring in forest resources and… Read More