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Category: Invasive Species

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling plant introduced to… Read More

Assistance Helps Farmers and Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources

Contact: Israel Vega 941.907.0011 ext. 3143 Application deadline for financial assistance is Nov. 20 GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8, 2020 — Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 20 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources… Read More

The Alligatorweed Stem Borer: Unsung Hero of Aquatic Weed Management

Growing up along a creek that snaked its way through my hometown in the Mississippi Delta, I knew more than most people my age about alligatorweed, the invasive water-impeding amaranth weed species clogging waterways across the Southeastern U.S…. Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Taylor Darnell

Taylor Darnell is a first year agronomy master’s student studying applied aquatic weed management. As a graduate assistant, Taylor works with the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) where he is currently planning and establishing Hydrilla… Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Jackson Jablonski

Jackson Jablonski is an agronomy master’s student focusing on invasive plants. Cuban bullrush management is his main project with graduate supervisor Dr. Candice Prince. At the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Jackson has contributed to projects… Read More

Lantana – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Lantana Lantana camara Lantana is a tricky plant in natural areas. There is a Florida native lantana, L. depressa, but unfortunately it is now considered endangered. Majority of lantana found in natural… Read More

UF/IFAS CAIP Affiliate Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Brent Sellers

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Communication Assistant After serving as interim director for around a year, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) affiliate faculty member, Dr. Brent Sellers transitioned into… Read More

Environmental Science student volunteers at Grand Canyon National Park

Connor Morang, a senior studying environmental science in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, spent a week at the Grand Canyon, but it was not a vacation. He was a volunteer removing invasive brown trout. “I volunteered… Read More