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Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) now a State Noxious Weed

  Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) is one of the recent additions to the Florida State Noxious Weed List. Belonging to the family Caprifoliaceae, alongside other popular vining and hardy shrub ornamental species, it is native to Eastern… 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 to educate agencies,… 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 and integrated plant… Read More

Beach Vitex is Officially Declared a State Noxious Weed

Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). This invasive,… Read More

Communicating about invasive plants: It’s complicated!

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 sea of coral… 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 to be managed…. Read More

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

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

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

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