Category: Invasive Species

Crested floatingheart: The lovely looking lily-like plant that clogs canals

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the crested floatingheart can help beautify an aquarium or a water garden, it clogs canals and slows drainage, particularly during heavy rains. “It’s really attractive. It looks like a water… Read More

South Florida an attractive home for invading reptiles

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — South Florida is on the front lines in the war against invasive reptiles and amphibians because its warm climate makes it a place where they like to live, a new University of Florida study shows…. Read More

Public workshop at UF/IFAS facility to discuss invasive species

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With Florida facing an increasing invasion of exotic wildlife, UF/IFAS scientists and other specialists will hold a public workshop Sept. 16 at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. The… Read More

UF Field and Fork Pantry dedicated; facility will feed campus community members in need

Click on image for high-res version. Photo cutline below. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vowing that hunger should never be a barrier to education, University of Florida officials dedicated the campus’ newest enterprise addressing hunger within the UF community, the… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist to spread knowledge at World Avocado Congress

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the laurel wilt pathogen threatening the Florida avocado industry, a UF/IFAS tropical fruit scientist will lend his expertise at the World Avocado Congress in September in Lima, Peru. Jonathan Crane,… Read More

Book examines the use of predatory mites for biological control

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Biological control of pests, weeds, plants and animals gives “the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally sound and socially acceptable pest management,” according to a new book edited by two UF/IFAS… Read More

It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there for strawberry growers

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida scientist is trying to find an insect that will eat the fly that’s damaging such fruit as strawberries and blueberries in the Sunshine State. Such a finding… Read More

UF/IFAS Fort Pierce quarantine facility successfully battles invasive species

Caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida officials expressed thanks Monday for the $180,000 increase in the state budget that’s slated for the quarantine research facility at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort… Read More