Category: Invasive Species

UF Researchers Seek Bugs to Battle Aquatic Weed Plaguing Central, South Florida

By: Tom Nordlie – (352) 273-3567 Sources: Jim Cuda – jcuda@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901, x126 Abhishek Mukherjee – abhi06@ufl.edu, (352) 392-3616 Marcos De Jesus – marcos.dejesus@tpwd.state.tx.us, (512) 353-0072 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Years of aggressive hydrilla control efforts… Read More

UF to release parasitic fly to combat “evil weevil” destroying native bromeliads

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Sources: Ron Cave rdcave@ufl.edu, 772-468-3922 Howard Frank jhfrank@ufl.edu, 352-392-1901 ext. 128 Howard Frank dennis.giardina@dep.state.fl.us, 239-695-4593 View Photo GAINESVILLE, FLA — The free ride is almost over for the “evil weevil” destroying Florida’s native… Read More

Invasive Cuban tree frogs threaten native wildlife, damage utilities, says UF expert

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Source(s): Steve Johnson tadpole@ufl.edu, 813-757-2273 Steve Perkins steve.perkins@lakelandelectric, 863-834-8873 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Florida residents accustomed to tiny tree frogs may feel jumpy – a giant Cuban species has colonized half… Read More

Arsenic-Absorbing Fern May Soak Up Toxic Metal to Repel Hungry Bugs, UF Researchers Say

View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the struggle for survival, plants are often at the mercy of hungry animals – but one fern has turned the tables by using poisonous arsenic to reduce its appeal, say University of… Read More

New mosquito-borne illness may be headed to United States, UF experts say

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Source(s): Walter Tabachnick wjt@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 124 Roxanne Connelly crr@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 172 Stephen Higgs sthiggs@utmb.edu, 409-747-2426 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The next mosquito-borne illness in the United States may be chikungunya… Read More