Category: Invasive Species

UF study: Mosquitoes can lead researchers to elusive Burmese Python

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Burmese pythons may be big and scary, but they are hard to find. Now, researchers can enlist the aid of mosquitoes to find the invasive snake in south Florida, according to a study by a… Read More

Root biologist joins UF fight against citrus greening

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.— An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s… Read More

UF study: Bird evolves to keep up with invasive prey

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The federally endangered bird, the snail kite, was faced with an interesting dilemma: The island apple snail was good to eat, but about two to five times bigger than the native snail that the bird… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF offers free invasive plants tool kit for teachers nationwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science and agriculture teachers across the nation now have a new tool to teach students about invasive plants, thanks to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Invasive… Read More

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

UF researcher: Nearly $1 million grant will help struggling blue crab industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National… Read More

Ronald Cave named director of UF/IFAS Indian River research facility

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — An entomologist recognized internationally as a specialist in biological control of insect pests has been named director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center…. Read More

Air Potato Patrol mobilizes public in recon of problem plant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture… Read More