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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 tendency to grow… Read More

Water lettuce, Pista stratiotes: Manage it, or let nature take its course?

By Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Water lettuce is one of the usual suspects, a common troublemaker, targeted for management on just about every lake and stream in Florida every year. This… Read More

Biological Control Development

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By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Communication Assistant Biological control agents can be insects, fish or pathogens that target a specific invasive plant and increase the competitive advantage of native plants. They diminish… 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 no exception. In… 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 plants for over… 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 him on as… 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 conservation, Jacob worked… Read More

Winter: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By Dr. Candice Prince, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants & UF Agronomy Faculty A common joke in Florida is that only has two seasons: hot, and hotter. Tourists flock to the state during the winter months… Read More

2019 – A Year of Growth

By Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is not new. The Florida legislature formed CAIP in 1978. The Center has been nationally and internationally… Read More

Intern Highlight: Katie Ray

Katie Ray, an agricultural education and communication major at the University of Florida (UF), has been interning with the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP) since September of 2019. As the communications intern for UF/IFAS… Read More