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Category: Invasive Species

Words to use and to avoid in describing invasive plants and animals

Most people want their yard to look good, but they likely don’t know the differences between an “invasive” plant and a “native” one, say University of Florida researchers. That’s why Basil Iannone and several of his UF/IFAS colleagues… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist discovers parasite introduced by invasive pythons is threatening Florida’s native snakes

DAVIE, FL. – In Florida, native snakes play an important role in the environment that we live and enjoy. Now that role is being threatened by invasive Burmese pythons introducing a non-native lung parasite to nearly half of… Read More

In Florida two invasive termite species are mating due to sex pheromone confusion

DAVIE, Fla. – When species exhibit unexpected mating behaviors, it begs the critical question as to why. A study published back in 2015 by UF/IFAS researchers reported unusual mating behaviors between two invasive termite species in Florida known… Read More

UF professor’s paper earns recognition from Weed Science Society of America

by Olivia Doyle GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Earlier this month, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) gave special recognition to a paper authored by University of Florida professor James Leary, honoring it as an Outstanding Paper in Invasive… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

National Wildlife Refuge System recognizes UF alumnus for work on Nature Coast

A longtime partner of UF/IFAS has been named the National Wildlife Refuge System’s employee of the year for his dedication to environmental conservation on Florida’s Nature Coast. Vic Doig, who holds a UF bachelor’s degree in zoology, is… Read More

Horseback riders address invasive species problem across Florida

A UF/IFAS Extension program educates outdoor enthusiasts to report invasive plant species with a unique vantage point – from horseback. In doing so, participants can help UF/IFAS reduce some of the invasive species that cost the United States… Read More

UF professor honored as 2020 Outstanding Educator by Southern Weed Science Society

By Shelby Oesterreicher GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) recognized University of Florida professor Stephen Enloe with its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award (OEA) at the organization’s 73rd annual meeting in late January in Biloxi, Mississippi. Enloe is a… Read More

UF launches new online graduate certificate program addressing nuisance plants

As a youngster growing up in Buffalo, New York, Mike Sowinski wanted to work with bald eagles. Through his college biology and fisheries management courses, he became interested in what the birds eat – fish. Sowinski established a… Read More