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Category: Invasive Species

UF/IFAS scientist publishes new data on insect causing lethal disease in palm trees

The vast number of palm trees that enhance the landscape of homes, businesses, parks and highways throughout Florida is steadily declining and is a cause of economic concern. The responsible insect infects palm trees with… Read More

Assessment tool shows 33 aquatic species worldwide pose ‘very high risk’ of invasion

RUSKIN, Fla. — A global risk-assessment tool shows 33 nonnative aquatic species worldwide pose a “very high risk” of becoming invasive in current and future climate conditions. “These species readily establish, spread and have severe… Read More

UF scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

RUSKIN, Fla. — In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to… Read More

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

youth outreach_lecture_students_ag literacy and invasive species

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the… Read More

UF/IFAS Study: Does paternal health status in mosquitoes influence maternal offspring results?

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to learning the factors that ultimately lead to characteristic differences in mosquito offspring – a… Read More

UF scientists predict potential spread of disease vector mosquito new to Florida

UF/IFAS scientists predict where in Florida environmental conditions may be suitable for Aedes scapularis to spread, now that it has invaded the Florida Peninsula. Aedes scapularis can transmit yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus,… Read More

UF researchers to use AI to predict how hurricanes spread invasive plants

Scientists project hurricane intensity and frequency will increase with climate change. That leads researchers to want to better predict how storms will disperse and establish nonnative plant invaders. Knowing where invasive plants spread will always… Read More

University of Florida graduate students to host three free electronic field trips

By Jarred Shellhouse Agricultural education and communication graduate students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are hosting a free electronic field trip series for middle and high school students in Florida and… Read More

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling… Read More