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Category: Invasive Species

‘Lost in the Weeds?’ Guide Sifts Through the Differences Among Non-Native Plant Lists

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With subtropical to tropical climates, the entire state of Florida is a biodiverse haven where many native and non-native plant species thrive. But over the years, many non-native invasive varieties have been introduced throughout the… Read More

University of Florida to release biocontrol against Florida’s most serious invasive Brazilian peppertree

Mike Adams spends $250,000 every year to manage Brazilian peppertrees spread over the 40,000-acre ranch where his family has developed the Braford breed of cattle since 1937. Adams recounts years when the invasive tree from South America overtook… Read More

Hurricanes: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By: Dr. Candice Prince, Assistant Professor Flooded homes, torn off roofs, and downed powerlines – these are usually the first images that spring to mind when talking about hurricanes. While it is true hurricanes can be a major… Read More

Get in Touch with Nature, Work with Scientists on November 2: Bill Keith Preserve Park in Fort Lauderdale Is Where to Connect

DAVIE, Fla. – Stop and smell the roses, take a snapshot of the wildlife in your immediate area, and learn what plants, insects, and wildlife make up your neighborhood. It’s this type of interactive science that makes a… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Potential Impacts of Invasive Plants

Contributor: Lara Colley, UF/IFAS CAIP Education Coordinator Approximately 130 invasive plant species currently impact the state of Florida, often escaping from yard environments. An invasive species is one not native to a specific location and has a tendency… Read More