Tag: Invasive Species

Staying Ahead of the Invasive Species Wave with EDRR Training

Even the best prevention efforts cannot stop all invasive species but Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a critical second defense against the establishment of new invasive species populations. EDRR increases the likelihood that localized invasive populations will… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More

Citizen scientists monitor, report invasive reptile species

Citizen scientists holding a Burmese python

The toughest part of wrangling a Burmese python is not pinning it down, but getting the entire 7-foot long snake into the cotton snake bag, said Ellen Butler, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

Science teachers learn to spread the word about invasive plants

When Kenny Coogan, a seventh-grade science teacher at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School, took an airboat ride on Lake Tohopekaliga and saw the devastation caused by invasive plants, he knew he had to bring this information back to… Read More

Florida Invaders

Did you know that our economy and natural environment are under siege by plant and animal invaders? Invasions of exotic (non-native) species cost Floridians over $500 million each year!  Our public lands, parks and preserves are very vulnerable… Read More

What If You Have An Invasive Plant In Your Yard? Do You Know What To Do?

This year National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) runs from February 21-27th. If you’re not quite sure what an invasive species is, there is no better time than NISAW to find out! There are many definitions for invasive… Read More

Classical Biological Control

Biological control is the practice in agriculture and environmental stewardship of using the “natural enemies” of pests and invasives to control these unwanted plants or animals.1,2 These natural enemies may be predatory, parasitic, or infectious toward the target… Read More